New Richmond girls tennis defeats Wausau West, Chippewa Falls
Another tournament offered the New Richmond girls tennis team more chances to face strong Division 1 opposition on Saturday.
The Tigers played in a tournament at Menomonie, where they faced Wausau West, Chippewa Falls and Hudson. The Tigers won two of the three matches, with their only loss coming against a formidable Hudson squad. They defeated Wausau West 5-2 and Chippewa Falls 4-3.
This tournament was the first time this season that the Tigers dramatically altered their lineup. The Tigers' top two singles players, Kaycie Anderson and Mattie Kidder, moved to the doubles lineup for the day at one doubles. They were able to defeat all three of their opponents in the tournament. They are playing doubles in tournaments to see if they have a better opportunity to advance to the WIAA state meet in doubles or singles.
Anderson and Kidder were able to upend Hudson's top doubles team 7-5, 6-3.
"That win will really help for seeding for sub-sectionals if we choose for them to go doubles," said Tiger coach Denise Devereux.
With the top two singles players shifting to doubles, senior Heather Halvorsen and sophomore Christian Weaver moved up from three and four singles to take on the top two singles roles. They were both able to record wins in the 5-2 win over Wausau West. Jamie Hudalla and Blaire Ziebol filled the bottom two slots in the Tiger singles lineup on Saturday.
The wins for Halvorsen and Weaver didn't come easily. Halvorsen scored a 6-3, 0-6, 10-3 win at one singles and Weaver's win at two singles came by a 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 score.
With Kidder and Anderson at one doubles, the usual one and two doubles teams each dropped a level for Saturday's tournament. Ali Graff and Maggie Earley were able to win twice at two doubles. Shannon Peper and Emma Meisner notched two wins in the three doubles flight.
First MBC win
The Tigers' hopes of winning another Middle Border Conference dual meet championship started well last Thursday. The Tigers went to Mondovi and scored a 7-0 win.
Two matches went to three sets, at three singles and three doubles. Devereux said Halvorsen needed a set to figure out her opponent's strategy at three singles and was able to win the final two sets 6-4, 6-3.
Vicky Talmage and Hudalla both have limited doubles experience. Mondovi was able to win a set at three doubles because the Tigers were sending too many shots toward the center of the court. Once that was cleaned up and the Tigers focused on getting the ball to the open areas of the court, they won the third set 6-3.
Devereux said the best performance of the day came from Weaver, who won the four singles match 6-0, 6-0.
"That was one of the best matches I've ever seen her play. She was attacking the ball," Devereux said.
The Tigers finally get to play their first home varsity match of the season this Thursday, when the Ellsworth squad visits. The Tigers also play at home next Tuesday against Osceola. Both matches start at 4:15 p.m.
New Richmond 7, Mondovi 0
No. 1: Kaycie Anderson def. Alyssa Stalls 6-0, 6-2
No. 2: Mattie Kidder def. Sarah Boley 6-1, 6-0
No. 3: Heather Halvorsen def. Chelsea Chryst 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4: Christian Weaver def. Bailey Vanden Heuvel 6-0, 6-0
No. 1: Ali Graff and Maggie Earley def. Lena Lambrigston and Bela Halverson 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Shannon Peper and Emma Meisner def. Sara Odegard and Anna Prissel 6-0, 6-1
No. 3: Vicky Talmage and Jamie Hudalla def. Kaleyn Everson and Marissa Larson 6-2, 4-6, 6-3