Wednesday afternoon at Richmond, the Raiders won four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory over visiting Jack Britt.
With darkness becoming an issue, the doubles matches were shortened from their usual length of one pro-8 set to one pro-6 set. The Raiders were leading, 3-2 in the final doubles match when it was called due to darkness.
Richmond coach Paula York said her team has been working very hard early in the season, and it was nice to see those efforts rewarded with a victory.
“We match up with Jack Britt,” York said. “We both have young teams this year, and the matches today were very competitive.”
In singles competition, at No. 1, Richmond’s Alex Auman defeated Britt’s Withers, 6-2, 6-3; at No. 2, Richmond’s Jonathan Thames bested Bratcher, 6-2, 6-2; at No. 3, the Raiders’ Peter Christensen rallied to defeat Smith, 4-6, 6-2 (10-8); and at No. 4, Richmond’s Ryan McInnis also had to rally to defeat Shelton, 0-6, 6-2 (10-8) At No. 5, Richmond’s Ryan Hudson fell to William, 4-6, 0-6; and at No. 6, Hunter Smith was defeated by Meno, 0-6, 0-6.
In the doubles matches, at No. 1, Richmond’s Auman and Christensen bested Withers and William, 6-3; at No. 2, the Raiders’ Thames and McInnis topped Bratcher and Shelton, 6-2. In the No. 3 doubles match, Richmond’s Hudson and Smith were leading Smith and Meno, 3-2 when the match was called due to darkness.
Richmond now shifts its focus to Southeastern Conference competition. The Raiders travel to Scotland on Tuesday to open the 2011 SEC campaign. First match is slated for 4 p.m.
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