ROCKINGHAM — Thanks to freshman Bradford Pittman, the Richmond boys tennis team avoided another shutout.
Pittman was the only Raider to win a match in the team’s 8-1 loss to Pinecrest on Thursday, as he took down senior Jessie Meacham in the No. 5 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-1 — his first career win.
Sophomore Austin Harrington fell to Pinecrest senior Aidan Temple (6-3, 6-1) in the No. 1 single, sophomore Miles Harrington lost to senior Cody Stokes (6-1, 6-3) in the No. 2 single, and senior Kristofer Spivey dropped the No. 3 single to freshman Charlie Hodges (6-3, 6-2).
Raiders senior Jose Jaramillo couldn’t get past sophomore Will Bode (6-1, 6-1) in the No. 4 single and junior Kevin Campos fell to Pinecrest freshman Will Blackwood (6-1, 7-5) in the No. 6 single.
“I feel like we were more comfortable today than we were Wednesday,” head coach Patrick Hope said. “It was another learning experience against another solid team. I saw improvement in each player who played today.”
Austin and Miles Harrington dropped the No. 1 doubles (8-2), Jaramillo and Pittman lost the No. 2 doubles (8-1), and juniors Mason Bailey and Caleb Brewer came the closest in the No. 3 doubles (8-3).
Richmond (0-2) will look to grab a win at Jack Britt on Tuesday, March 13.
“We’ll just keep working every day to get better,” Hope added.
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