First Posted: 3/16/2012
ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior boys tennis team’s hopes for remaining undefeated on the season came down to the final two doubles matches with Lumberton.
A win in either of those contests would have given the Raiders the victory.
Instead, Lumberton swept both to claim a 5-4 win over Richmond in a Southeastern Conference match Thursday afternoon.
“They had a good team,” Richmond coach Paula York said about Lumberton. “They hit the ball well and moved well. At the end, I think they had more experience which helped them. I think we let up a little bit at the end.”
After splitting the six singles matches, Richmond (5-1, 2-1) earned a point to move in front with a victory at No. 1 doubles. Alex and Colt Auman teamed to stop Mike Bailey and Connor Haskins, 8-2.
Lumberton knotted the contest when Isaac Bell and Tyler Franklin downed Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram at No. 2 doubles, 8-2.
Moments later, Garrett Thompson and Anderson Branch closed out the match for the Pirates with an 8-2 victory over Ryan McInnis and Greg Balzer.
In singles, Alex Auman cruised past Bailey, 6-0, 6-1, while Colt Auman defeated Bell, 6-2, 6-1. Haskins knocked off Balzer, 6-3, 6-4. Tyler Franklin beat McInnis, 6-2, 6-1, while Thompson breezed past Ingram, 6-1, 6-1. Richmond’s Juan Olmos downed Trevor Franklin, 6-3, 6-3.
“Lumberton is the toughest team we have played so far,” York said. “We are going to see how strong we are on Monday. We have a tough week next week.”
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