Richmond netters grab first league victory

The Richmond Lady Spartans posted back-to-back 6-3 victories this week to push their record to 5-3 for the season. Richmond also picked up its first MRVC East win of the season with its 6-3 road win at Knob Noster Tuesday after defeating Odessa at home on Monday.
The Lady Spartans earned their first league win in three outings Tuesday with a win at Knob Noster as Richmond took the first four singles matches of the day.
“It’s great to get the first conference win of the year,” Richmond Coach Zach Danner said. “We started out very strong, however, Knob Noster did an excellent job of continuing to play hard. We are starting to play at a new level, and the girls are looking great on the court. However, we are not satisfied yet. As a team, we know we have a lot of work still to go.”
Brittany Munson won her No. 1 singles match by an 8-6 final over Ashley Kjos, followed by Hannah Jones taking an 8-2 win over Sophia Crawshaw at No. 2. Kaylie Root also won her match 8-2 at No. 3 over Micaela Fisk followed by Hannah Hillegas taking an 8-5 decision over Megan Jungnitsch at No. 4.
Knob Noster won the final two singles matches with Dana Pindilli defeating Lissa Long 8-6, and Aubrey Wallace winning in a 7-1 tiebreaker over Ariel Hoard.
Munson/Jones defeated Kjos/Pindilli 8-6 to start doubles play, but Knob Noster answered with Crawshaw/Fisk defeating Root/Hoard 9-7 at No. 2. Hillegas and Long played their best doubles match of the year according to coach Danner as they defeated Jungnitsch/Wallace 8-4 to give Richmond the lead in the match for good.
The Lady Spartan junior varsity also chalked up a 6-3 victory with five of the wins coming in singles competition.
After winning at Odessa earlier this season, the Lady Spartans defeated Odessa again – this time at the Maurice Roberts Park courts.
Richmond won the first three singles matches. Two of the Lady Spartans’ singles victories came with 8-0 shutouts by Root and Hoard.
“It’s great to see the team putting complete matches together,” coach Danner said. “Ariel and Kaylie were very impressive in their victories. Munson and Jones showed great leadership in each of their matches. They played tough and came away with two singles wins and a doubles victory.”
Munson won her No. 1 singles match 8-2 over Molly Hotmer, while Jones captured her No. 2 singles match by an 8-6 decision over Alana Simmons. Root shutout Amber Peebles at No. 3. The Lady Spartans dropped two matches by 5-8 finals as Hillegas fell to Samantha West at No. 4, and Long lost to Alexandria Cockrell at No. 5. Hoard wrapped up the singles play with her shutout over Olivia Clark.
In doubles, Munson/Jones were 9-7 winners over Hotmer/Simmons at No. 1, followed by Root/Hoard taking an 8-5 final over Peebles/West. Hillegas/Long lost at No. 2 to Cockrell/Clark 7-9.
Richmond won five of the six JV doubles matches played.

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