New Richmond girls tennis faces B-W showdown
Since the beginning of the Middle Border Conference season, it's been apparent that the New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville girls tennis teams were on a collision course.
That collision will take place this Thursday at the New Richmond High School tennis courts, with the victor taking control of the MBC leadership. Neither team has lost an MBC match thus far in 2013.
The Tigers won their only match last week, a 7-0 sweep at Osceola.
Having one match last week gave the Tigers a chance to put together several practices as they build toward the end of their season. The schedule is condensed for the Tigers for the rest of the season. After Thursday's match against B-W, the Tigers will host Rice Lake and the Stillwater junior varsity in a triangular meet on Saturday. The Tigers complete their conference dual meet schedule next week with matches against Amery and Durand.
The Tigers will host the Middle Border Conference tournament on Thursday, Oct. 1. The Tigers will also get to play at home in the WIAA tournament series, hosting the Division 1 subsectional tournament on Monday, Oct. 7.
While the Tigers are in the hunt for the conference title, last Tuesday's win over Osceola showed the team is still inexperienced. The Tigers top three singles players (Mattie Kidder, Christian Weaver and Emma Bakke) all won handily against the Chieftains. The rest of the Tigers had a decided edge in the winning the first set, before struggling early in the second set. They all managed to come back for wins, but Coach Denise Devereux these girls need to develop more consistency and not have letdowns during any match.
She used the two doubles team of Taylor Stai and Gaby Cruz as an example. They won the opening set 6-0 before falling behind 4-1 in the second set. They stormed back to win 6-4. Devereux said the two doubles team proved during a match the previous week against Hudson they can play at an extremely high level and it shouldn't require a strong opponent to get them to play at that level.
New Richmond 7, Osceola 0
No. 1: Mattie Kidder (NR) def. Jenny Pfannes 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Christian Weaver (NR) def. Emma Jochim 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Emma Bakke (NR) def. Jess Bjerke 6-3, 6-1
No. 4: Maya Dadez (NR) def. Jasmine Poppovich 6-1, 6-3
No. 1: Blaire Ziebol/Kaitlynn Belisle (NR) def. Taylor Turner/Mariah Zegarski 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: Taylor Stai/Gaby Cruz (NR) def. Brittany Newman/Kaija Newman 6-0, 6-4
No 3: Emily LaPorte/Kjrsten Faaren (NR) def. Brianna Anderson/Siennah Schueller 6-2, 7-5