New Richmond tennis brings Middle Border Conference trophy home
Perhaps the best showcase for the depth of the New Richmond girls tennis team is the annual Middle Border Conference tennis tournament.
So when the Tigers saw Durand take the 2011 tournament title after five straight Tiger victories, the Tigers set this year's tournament as a target to reclaim their title.
The Tigers were able to accomplish their goal, winning the 2012 MBC tournament championship last Tuesday at Durand. New Richmond won championships in three of the seven flights in the conference tournament.
The tournament became a showcase of the New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville lineups. B-W was the MBC regular season champion, ending the Tigers' streak of five straight MBC dual meet titles.
Winning the conference tournament was based on the Tigers' depth. New Richmond was able to get into the final in all seven flights in the conference tournament, while B-W got into the finals in five of the seven flights.
Winning championships for the Tigers were senior Kaycie Anderson at one singles, junior Mattie Kidder at two singles, and seniors Shannon Peper and Emma Meisner at two doubles. Placing second were Heather Halvorsen at three singles, Christian Weaver at four singles, Ali Graff and Maggie Earley at one doubles and Vicky Talmage and Jamie Hudalla at three doubles.
Anderson defeated Amery's Molly Stewart 6-4, 6-2 to win the one singles championship. Kidder scored a 6-0, 6-2 win over Amery's Abby Marquand in the two singles championship. Peper and Meisner won by a 7-5, 6-2 score in the two doubles title match against Baldwin-Woodville's Megan Jacobson and Hanna Zevenbergen.
"The girls were pretty excited," Tiger coach Denise Devereux said about them bringing the traveling MBC trophy back to New Richmond. "For us to get everyone through to the finals, that's not easy to do."
The Tigers waged a good battle with Hudson in both teams' final dual match of the season last Thursday. Hudson, which finished in second place in the Big Rivers Conference, was able to edge the Tigers 4-3.
Winning matches for the Tigers were Anderson at one singles, Kidder at two singles and Weaver at four singles. Weaver's 6-1, 6-3 win was "probably the best she's played," Devereux said.
Devereux said she hoped these wins were a sign of good things ahead for Anderson and Kidder, who were scheduled to shift over to the one doubles flight for this week's WIAA Division 1 tournament series.