ROCKINGHAM — Head coach Patrick Hope was happy with the Richmond boys tennis team’s showing in the first match back from Spring Break, as the Raiders swept Hoke County 9-0 on their home courts Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Jimmy Cooley had the toughest singles match of the day with his battle against Bucks senior Trenton Lee at the No. 2 spot. Cooley was forced to battle back from an early deficit in the first set and then held on to his lead in the second to win by a score of 7-5, 6-4.
The other five singles bouts were handedly won by Richmond: Austin Harrington over Gabriel Williams (6-2, 6-0), Miles Harrington escaping T.J. Osario (6-3, 6-1), Kristofer Spivey taking down Noel Abellanosa (6-1, 6-0), Jose Jaramillo defeating Adam Algazali (6-0, 6-2), and Bradford Pittman beating Trevor Hedgepath (6-1, 6-0).
“It was a great day for us,” Hope said.
In the doubles, Austin and Miles Harrington “withstood a comeback” from Williams and Lee to grab an 8-6 victory at No. 1, Kevin Campos and Ben Morrison came together to win the No. 2 match (8-4), and Mason Bailey and Caleb Brewer dominated the No. 3 bout (8-0).
Richmond (5-7, 5-6 SAC) will travel to Lumberton on Thursday.
Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.