LUMBERTON — The Richmond boys tennis team dropped at 6-3 decision at Lumberton on Thursday.
Senior Kristofer Spivey and freshman Bradford Pittman were the only two Raiders to pick up a win in singles, as Spivey contained Jack Cherichella at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-0) and Pittman defeated Bill Davis in three sets at No. 6 (6-4, 2-6, 10-8).
The team’s only win in the doubles came in the No. 2 match courtesy of senior Jimmy Cooley and junior Kevin Campos, who dominated Cherichella and John Floyd, both seniors for the Pirates, by a score of 8-1.
“The match was a lot more competitive than the overall score indicated. It was similar to the first match last month, with critical tiebreakers,” head coach Patrick Hope said.
Sophomores Austin and Miles Harrington lost their respective singles bouts and then fell short as a duo in the No. 1 doubles. Austin Harrington lost to Lumberton’s Josh Britt (6-3, 6-3) in the No. 1 singles and Miles Harrington was narrowly beat by John Floyd (1-6, 7-5, 5-10) at No. 3. They couldn’t escape Britt and Cole Lewis in the doubles (8-5).
Cooley fell to Lewis in the No. 2 singles, Raider senior Jose Jaramillo couldn’t get past Quinton Frederick in the No. 5 singles, and juniors Caleb Brewer and Mason Bailey dropped a close one to Lumberton’s Connor Kinlaw and C.J. Nemeroff in the No. 3 doubles.
Richmond (5-8, 5-7 SAC) is off until next Thursday, April 19, when it hosts conference rival Scotland to close out the regular season — which will also be Senior Day. The team currently sits in fifth place in the conference standings.
The Sandhills Athletic Conference Tournament begins Tuesday, April 24.
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