Richmond’s postseason experience is paying off.
Playing in their fourth straight girls tennis regional, the Red Devils put themselves in position to play for a title with Tuesday’s 5-0 semifinal victory over Shenandoah.
RHS faces Batesville at 4:30 p.m. today for the Richmond regional title on the Tiernan Center courts.
Batesville swept Rushville 5-0 in the other semifinal.
“We played (in the final) last year, and it was a tough loss,” said Richmond’s Kaitlin Kramer, whose 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles clinched the team win Tuesday for the Devils. “We really have a great team this year, and we’re really looking forward to trying to make it to semistate this year.”
Singles play gave Richmond a strong start against the Raiders.
Peyton Young at No. 1 was the first match finished, quickly followed by RHS teammate Rei Tsuyuki at No. 2.
Both Red Devils won 6-0, 6-0.
Kramer took a little less than an hour to make it a singles sweep as RHS improved to 15-3.
“They’ve played well all year,” said RHS coach Randy Hollingsworth.
“If they can do that (in the final), we’ll be in good shape.”
Kaitlyn Harrison and Cami Jones won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles for Richmond, while Emma Lady and Krissy Kramer rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 2.
Richmond has won 10 regional championships, the last coming in 2008.
Batesville has won five, the most recent in 2009.
The Red Devils fell to East Central in last year’s regional final.
“It’s definitely great to not be totally new coming to the regional, because it’s a different level,” Kaitlin Kramer said. “It’s great to come out here and know what we’re going to expect to a degree. We know the levels of teams that are here, and they are all really great teams.
“It’s great to come out and challenge ourselves a little bit.”
The Richmond regional winner advances to Saturday’s semistate at Center Grove vs. the Plainfield regional champion.
Batesville’s Sarah Hoseus, Lydia Olsen and Allyson Ritter won at singles Tuesday, with Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford winning at No. 1 doubles, and Korsen Worthington and Macy Simon doing the same at No. 2.
“I like the way we’re playing, but Batesville’s a good team,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ve got to do what we’ve done all year, and that’s play pretty mistake free, play good, solid tennis and not make a lot of silly errors. Just put balls in play and not beat ourselves.”
In the doubles tournament, Franklin County defeated Lincoln’s Courtney Sebring and Sara Maley to advance to face Tri High today.