Hornets sweep past visiting Richmond without loss of a doubles game Tuesday, April 2

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — “Running the table” in doubles and following it up this time with strong singles play, the Chillicothe (Mo.) HS tennis Hornets blanked the visiting Richmond Spartans 9-0 Tuesday, April 2, in non-conference racquet action at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts.
CHS’ 2019 home opener was played in cool, but sunny and essentially-calm conditions.
The Hornets, who had lost all six singles sets after taking two of the three doubles sets the day before at Kansas City: St. Pius X, had no such second-phase misstep this time around after being even stronger in doubles play.
Chillicothe (2-3) overwhelmed the Spartans in the pairs action, not dropping a single game out of 24.
In No. 1 position, Tyler Maasdam and Noah Crowe blanked Mason Fields and Ben Didier 8-0 at the same time the CHS tandems of Brendon Nelson/Colten Johnson at No. 2 and Seth Batye/Gavin Sampsel at No. 3 were whitewashing their opponents.
Sampsel again was in the lineup in place of junior Grahm Mayers. Mayers, who injured an ankle recently, but has been trying to play through it, according to CHS coach Bob Long, was gone to state band competition. Mayers had played doubles, but not singles at Kansas City Monday.
Once Tuesday’s competition switched to singles, Richmond was only slightly more successful.
Chillicothe added on two more shutout sets – Maasdam over Fields in No. 1 spot and Sampsel at No. 6, while losing no more than four games in any of the other positions.
At No. 2, Crowe prevailed 8-3 with Nelson capturing No. 3 8-2. Batye was an 8-1 victor at No. 4 and Johnson recorded an 8-4 win at No. 5.
Sampsel’s singles victory was his first as a varsity player. Maasdam improve to 6-3 in No. 1 singles play thus far, Long notes, and improved to 3-2 in No. 1 doubles with an assortment of partners.
The tennis Hornets now are idle until visiting St. Joseph: Benton for a Midland Empire Conference dual next Monday.