Richmond High School faced its second straight Wayne County and sectional opponent on Friday to start the boys tennis season.
This time, the Red Devils were on their home courts and managed to give the home crowd something to smile about with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Hagerstown Tigers.
“It’s nice to finally have a win and it gives us confidence for the season, hopefully I get to carry it on and do well for the rest of the season,” said Jordan Lake, a sophomore who won his first varsity match at No. 1 doubles.
Lake, along with Corey Cox, earned the decisive 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Cole Watson and Chris Stevens at No. 1 doubles giving the Red Devils their first victory this season.
Cameron Gibbel won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, Nathan Jones and Max Van Buskirk won 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles and Henry Dickman won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.
Dickman is the only player returning to his position from last year in a revamped RHS lineup.
“We’ve got some kids in some new positions this year and we’re really just trying to work our way into it,” Red Devils coach Randy Hollingsworth said. “I thought we played well for the most part, and (Hagerstown is) a scrappy team, give credit to Hagerstown, they came out and played well.”
The Tigers made Richmond work for its victory, sending three of the five positions to three sets and salvaging a sweep when freshman Ben Tinkle defeated Matt Paddock at No. 1 singles 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
“I was satisfied, we had (three) matches go three I’d rather have a better result, but I think most of the guys played a little tentative, that’s part of why we lost some of those, but I’m pretty satisfied,” said Hagerstown coach Austin Whittern, who was making his head coaching debut.
The Red Devils (1-1) travel to face their first North Central Conference opponents today at Muncie Central, where they will face Huntington North and Logansport. The Tigers (0-1) play their first home match on Monday against Franklin County.