Tigers' demise has been greatly exaggerated
The demise of the New Richmond girls tennis team has been greatly exaggerated.
Several opponents have already told Tiger players that this is the year they are finally going to knock off New Richmond.
If the new lineup of the Tiger tennis team wasn't already motivated enough, the overconfidence of their opponents has inspired the Tigers even more.
The Tigers had some shaky moments early in their Middle Border Conference opener last Thursday against Mondovi. The Tigers solidified their play throughout the match and were able to score a 5-2 win over the Buffalo girls.
The New Richmond and Mondovi girls have developed a pretty healthy rivalry over the past two years, largely due to New Richmond's one doubles team beating Mondovi's team in the WIAA tournaments both years.
"Everyone thinks this is the year they can beat New Richmond," said Tiger coach Teresa Kvam. "The girls are taking pride in proving them wrong."
In singles, the Tigers got wins from Kristen Holle and Ashley Davis. Holle had the one singles match done in 35 minutes, winning 6-1, 6-0. Davis beat a senior opponent 6-3, 6-3 in the two singles match.
The play of the Tigers' doubles teams continues to be a pleasant surprise, with the Tigers taking all three doubles matches.
Alyssa Jerlow and Laurel Hay took care of the one doubles match, winning 6-0, 6-3.
In this match Kvam teamed Heather Pederson and Ellen Railsback at two doubles and they came through with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
Kvam also tried a new combination at three doubles, with Gretchen Anderson and Beth Plourde combining for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win. Kvam said this combination worked very well, especially at the net. Plourde excelled at placing the ball where the Mondovi girls couldn't reach it, while Anderson was able to power the ball past the Mondovi players.
The Tigers continue their Middle Border Conference schedule with a pair of home matches in the upcoming week. The Tigers will play at home against Ellsworth on Thursday. Next Tuesday the Tigers will face Amery.
The Tigers were supposed to play in the Menomonie Invitational last Saturday, but it was rained out. There is a tentative makeup date of Sept. 18 for the tournament.
New Richmond 5, Mondovi 2
No. 1: Kristen Holle (NR) def. Christina Sciacia 6-1, 6-0
No. 2: Ashley Davis (NR) def. Megan Weiss 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Tara Schmidtknicht (M) def. Molly O'Flanagan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4: Jena Danzinger (M) def. Katie Suo 6-3, 7-5
No. 1: Laurel Hay and Alyssa Jerlow (NR) def. Ashley Fritze and Auslynn Fritze 6-0, 6-3
No. 2: Heather Pederson and Ellen Railsback (NR) def. Leah Quarberg and Case Yik 6-3, 6-4
No. 3: Gretchen Anderson and Beth Plourde (NR) def. Candace Haag and Gisele Hrea 5-7, 6-4, 6-2