New Richmond girls tennis defeated in clash for conference dual title
The inexperienced New Richmond girls tennis team has come an awfully long way since beginning the season with two returning varsity players.
The Tigers hoped they’d make the climb all the way to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings. The Baldwin-Woodville girls had the same aspirations, with much more experienced players. When those two teams met last Thursday, Baldwin-Woodville’s experience won out. The Blackhawks defeated the Tigers 5-2 in the showdown between the top two teams in the MBC.
Both New Richmond’s wins came in the singles lineup. Senior Mattie Kidder faced a quick opponent in B-W’s Hannah Alme. Kidder’s powerful shots and ability to come to the net for points resulted in a 6-3, 7-5 victory. The Tigers also got a win at four singles, where Maya Dadez has been improving rapidly. She earned a 6-4, 6-2 win.
There was plenty of drama to close the match, because the Tigers trailed 3-2 when the two and three doubles matches both went to third sets. Baldwin-Woodville was able to capture the third set in both of those matches to lock up the team victory.
Tiger coach Denise Devereux said the Tigers were complimented by B-W coach Jim Rumpel, who told her he never anticipated the Tigers improving this rapidly.
Many of the matches were closer than the score indicated. Devereux used the one doubles match as an example. New Richmond’s Blaire Ziebol and Kaitlynn Belisle were defeated 6-1, 6-1, but 12 of the 14 games in the match went to deuce.
@t:New Richmond was visited by the Rice Lake varsity and Stillwater junior varsity for a triangular meet on Saturday on the Tiger courts. New Richmond scored a 4-3 win over Stillwater and lost to Rice Lake 4-3.
The Tigers were stung by illness over the weekend and three varsity players were out of the lineup. Senior Michelle Powers was at Baldwin-Woodville to play in a JV tournament when she got the call to hurry back to New Richmond to play in the varsity tournament. It proved to be beneficial, because she teamed with Gabby Kupke to win both matches at three doubles. Kidder was also a double winner in the tournament.
Christian Weaver and Emma Bakke were winners against Stillwater and Dadez notched a win against Rice Lake.
@t:The Tigers will again host the Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament. It will be played next Tuesday at the New Richmond High School and middle school courts. The rain date for the meet is next Wednesday.
Seeding for the tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with the first matches slated to start at 9:30 a.m.
Baldwin-Woodville 5, New Richmond 2
No. 1: Mattie Kidder (NR) def. Hannah Alme 6-3, 7-5
No. 2: Maddie Kulow (B-W) def. Christian Weaver 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Anna Dahl (B-W) def. Emma Bakke 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Maya Dadez (NR) def. Megan Krupa 6-4, 6-2
No. 1: Hanna Zevenbergen/Megan Jacobson (B-W) def. Blaire Ziebol/Kaitlynn Belisle 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Laurel Carlson/Elizabeth Wahlquist (B-W) def. Emily LaPorte/Kjrsten Faaren 6-1, 6-7, 6-2
No. 3: Emily Jennings/Abby Shackleton (B-W) def. Brianna Kupke/Gabby Kupke 3-6, 6-4, 6-3