New Richmond's LaPorte, Faaren win MBC two doubles tennis title
Senior Emily LaPorte and sophomore Kjrsten Faaren were New Richmond’s only champions in the 2013 Middle Border Conference Tennis Team Tournament last Thursday in New Richmond.
New Richmond, which was seeded second at all seven flights in the tournament, took second place overall, finishing seven team points behind Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers took first at one flight, second at four flights and third at two flights.
The high point of the day for the Tigers was the play of LaPorte and Faaren at two doubles. They overpowered their opponents in the first two rounds of the tournament, beating Unity and Amery teams by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores. In the finals, LaPorte and Faaren faced Laurel Carlson and Elizabeth Wahlquist of Baldwin-Woodville, who had beaten the Tiger duo in three sets in their conference dual match.
The Tigers won a fiercely fought opening set against B-W 7-5. The Tigers rode the momentum of that win to take the second set by a 6-1 score.
“It was the most aggressive I’ve ever seen them play,” Tiger coach Denise Devereux said of her championship doubles team.
Devereux said the girls are getting better at moving into position quickly so they can put shots away when the opportunities are there.
Second place performances came from Christian Weaver and Maya Dadez in the singles lineup and the one and three doubles teams.
Weaver was upbeat and assertive in reaching the two singles finals. She put up a hearty battle against Baldwin-Woodville’s Maddie Kulow in the finals, losing 6-3, 6-4.
“That’s some of the best tennis I’ve seen from her,” Devereux said. “Christian was moving her feet, playing with confidence.”
Dadez has become a steady, effective player at four singles and that continued in the tournament. She rolled through her first two matches before facing Amery’s Bekah Storm in the finals. Storm beat Dadez in the recent MBC dual and she repeated that win with a 7-6, 6-3 decision. Devereux said Dadez showed progress by taking the opening set to a tie-breaker.
New Richmond’s one doubles team of Blaire Ziebol and Kaitlynn Belisle defeated teams from Ellsworth and Unity to reach the finals. They ran up against Baldwin-Woodville’s outstanding duo of Megan Jacobson and Hanna Zevenbergen, who won the match 6-2, 6-2.
“Kaitlynn and Blaire played really well,” Devereux said, adding that this team shifts well in unison and communicates well. The area where this team is working to improve is to put away kill shots when the opportunity is available.
The three doubles team of the Kupke sisters, Brianna and Gabby, had an opening bye in the tournament. Not playing in the opening round may have resulted in a slow start in the semifinals against Mondovi, losing the first set 6-2. They found their game quickly, winning the final two sets 6-2, 10-6. The Kupkes were defeated by Baldwin-Woodville 6-2, 6-4 in the three doubles championship match.
Taking third place for the Tigers were Mattie Kidder at one singles and Emma Bakke at three singles. Kidder won her opening match, but was knocked off in the semifinals by Hannah Alme of Baldwin-Woodville 6-4, 7-6. Kidder started slowly in the third place match, losing the first set to Amery’s Molly Stewart 7-6. Kidder then began playing her normal style and she won the final two sets 6-3, 10-6. Devereux said it was unusual for Kidder to play as conservatively as she did early in the tournament, but hoped she solved the problem in the third place match.
Bakke won 6-0, 6-1 in her opening match, but lost to Amery 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
“They were both very consistent, they played some long points,” Devereux said.
Bakke finished strongly, winning the third place match against Mondovi 6-4, 6-3.
Devereux said it would have taken a perfect day for the Tigers to catch Baldwin-Woodville. The Blackhawks made the finals in six of the seven flights and won four championships.
2013 Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament
Team Scores: Baldwin-Woodville 35, New Richmond 28, Amery 20, Durand 6, Mondovi 6, Ellsworth 5, Unity 3, Osceola 2
New Richmond results
No. 1: Mattie Kidder def. Tess Anderson (U) 6-0, 6-2; loss to Hannah Alme (B-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); def. Molly Stewart (A) 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 in third place match
No. 2: Christian Weaver def. Kiya Caturia (D) 6-0, 6-0; def. Terra Johnson (A) 6-2, 6-0; lost to Maddie Kulow (B-W) 6-3, 6-4 in championship match
No. 3: Emma Bakke def. Jess Bjerke (O) 6-1, 6-3; lost to Kayla Olson (A) 6-3, 6-3; def. Jocelyn Jacobson (M) 6-4, 6-3 in third place match
No. 4: Maya Dadez def. Olivia Ward (O) 6-2, 6-0; def. Megan Krupa (B-W) 6-1, 6-3; lost to Bekah Storm (A) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in championship match
No. 1: Blaire Ziebol and Kaitlynn Belisle def. Rochelle Sweig and Alexis Linder (E 6-2, 6-2; def. Cass Hanson and Sierra Thomforda (U) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; lost to Megan Jacobson and Hanna Zevenbergen (B-W) 6-2, 6-2 in championship match
No. 2: Emily LaPorte and Kjrsten Faaren (NR) def. Lily Lenk and Danielle Tonnar (U) 6-0, 6-1; def. Rosalie Wolf and Alicia Peterson (A) 6-0, 6-1; def. Laurel Carlson and Elizabeth Wahlquist (B-W) 7-5, 6-1 in championship match
No. 3: Brianna Kupke and Gabby Kupke received an opening bye; def. Jordyn Gillespie and Amelia Flaskrud (M) 2-6, 6-2, 10-7; lost to Abby Shackleton and Emily Jennings 6-2, 6-4 in championship match