Monday, 16 April 2018 08:00

Raiders tennis falls to Lumberton 6-3 as it begins preparation for SAC Tournament

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Richmond freshman Bradford Pittman earned a win in the No. 5 singles matchup against Lumberton last week. Richmond freshman Bradford Pittman earned a win in the No. 5 singles matchup against Lumberton last week. Photo courtesy of Kyle Pillar.

LUMBERTON, N.C. - Richmond Senior High School boys tennis head coach Patrick Hope said last week that a goal of his before the season started was to defeat one of the top three teams in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen late last week when the Raiders fell 6-3 overall to Lumberton High School. But Hope knows the effort was better than the score.

"The match was a lot more competitive than the overall score indicated," said Hope to the Richmond Observer. "It was similar to the first match (against Lumberton) last month, with critical tiebreakers." 

Kristofer Spivey got the Raiders’ first win of the afternoon in the No. 4 matchup, winning 6-2, 6-0 in straight sets against Lumberton’s Jack Cherichella. No. 5 singles player Bradford Pittman also won his match with a set tiebreaker of 10-8 against the Pirates’ Bill Davis. And in No. 3 action, Miles Harrington battled back to get to his own set tiebreaker (6-1, 6-7, 7-5, 10-5) against John Floyd, but fell just short in what would've allowed Richmond to split in singles competition.

The No. 2 doubles team of Jimmy Cooley and Kevin Campos got some revenge from their last matchup against Lumberton when they won 8-1 against Lumberton’s duo of Cherichella and Floyd. And the No. 3 team of Mason Bailey and Caleb Brewer had a tough battle as well, but eventually lost a close one, 8-6 to Connor Kinlaw and C.J. Nemeroff.

In other matches, Austin Harrington dropped his No. 1 matchup against Josh Britt 6-3, 6-3. Lumberton’s Cole Lewis squeaked past Cooley in the No. 2 singles match. And the Harrington twins played tough against Britt and Lewis in the No. 1 doubles match, but came up short 8-5.

"We had a few unforced errors, trying to put away winners instead of being patient to finish volleys," Hope said about his team played.

The competition for the Raiders will continue to get tougher as Hope prepares his team for their next SAC opponent Seventy-First High School on the road Tuesday, and then at home against Scotland High School on Thursday. Both matches are set for 4 p.m. Following those matchups, Richmond will battle in the conference tournament next week on April 24 and 25.

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