The 2013 home opener for the Chillicothe High School tennis Hornets yesterday afternoon was tougher than their season opener not quite two weeks earlier, but the final score stayed the same.
Although the Richmond Spartans were more competitive in several positions – especially No. 1 singles, they could not generate a single set victory as the CHS team expected to have another banner year prevailed 9-0 at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts Tuesday.
The shutout win followed a 9-0 torching of Carrollton March 19, a match which saw the host Trojans win a mere seven games out of 79.
Yesterday, led by No. 1 player Jeremy Chrisman, Richmond was more of a challenge, but the racquet Hornets answered the call with relative ease.
In only one of the nine varsity position sets did Chillicothe win by fewer than six games.
That exception was in No. 1 singles where Hornets senior Wade Dietz was pushed hard by Chrisman before the top CHS player prevailed 10-7 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Advancing to 2-0 far more easily were the rest of the Hornets' singles players and their three doubles pairs.
Gaining 10-1 triumphs for the home team were No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, seniors Grant Peterson and Chase Reeter, respectively.
At No. 2, sophomore Gabe Poling won 10-2, while senior Johnson Young prevailed 10-4 at No. 5 singles and Jeremiah "Jerry" Appleberry won in No. 6 singles, 10-3.
In doubles, Dietz and Reeter teamed up to blank RHS' Chrisman and Jesse Bulk 8-0
At No. 2 doubles, Peterson and Young won 8-1 and Appleberry and Poling took No. 3 8-3.
The tennis Hornets' next competition is due to be next Monday at St. Joseph against Benton.