ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School boys’ tennis team suffered just its second loss of the season on Tuesday.
Hosting perennial Sandhills Athletic Conference powerhouse Pinecrest High School, the Raiders lost 8-1.
After a 4-0 start to the season, Richmond has dropped its last two matches to the Patriots by the same score.
Picking up the Raiders’ lone win was No. 3 senior Ethan McDonald, who defeated Jake MayBouer behind a final score of 8-6.
Despite dropping the other five singles matches, a couple of Raiders made a run at their opponent.
No. 6 junior Will Whitley was edged 5-8 by Jaden Ung and No. 2 senior Matthew Burns battled Ethan McClymont in a 3-8 loss.
No. 4 sophomore Jordan Jacobs fell 2-8 against Corey Ingram. No. 1 senior Ty Murray and No. 5 junior Brent Humann were both shut out 0-8 by Kenan Van Scoyac and Jack Hage, respectively.
Doubles play was also competitive on the Raiders’ part, seeing the No. 1 duo of Murray and Burns come up just short, 5-8, in their match.
No. 2 McDonald and Jacobs, along with No. 3 Humann and Whitley, both lost 3-8 in their doubles pairings.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match today against a quality team,” head coach Jessica Covington said.
“Our guys were competitive and had moments where they played really well. We definitely grew in several areas as a team. It was good for Ethan to get a singles win; he’s worked so hard this season.”
Richmond (4-2, 4-2 SAC) will travel to Hoke County High School for another conference match on Thursday. Play will begin at 4 p.m.