Tigers finish 6-1 in MBC dual tennis
Second place in the Middle Border Conference was locked up by the New Richmond girls tennis team last Friday when they won at Unity 5-2.
This was the completion of a match that had been rained out at Unity three days earlier.
With the win the Tigers end the Middle Border Conference dual meet season with a 6-1 record. Durand wins the MBC dual championship this season with a 7-0 record.
The Middle Border Conference Tournament was scheduled to be played at Durand on Tuesday. The Tigers now move on to WIAA tournament play. The WIAA Division 2 subsectional tournament will be played in New Richmond next Monday.
That will be followed by the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet, which will also be played in New Richmond, on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The match against Unity proved to be a good competition for the Tigers, especially in the upper end matches. Unity's Carrie Kothlow is considered the top singles player in the area. New Richmond's Kristen Holle gave Kothlow a major battle in the first set, losing 7-6. Kothlow then took charge in the second set, winning 6-2.
"It was an awesome match," said Tiger coach Teresa Kvam. "It's hard to stay with Carrie when she gets on a roll like she did in the second set."
Unity also has a strong number two singles play in Amber L'Allier. She and New Richmond's Alyssa Jerlow locked up in a good match. L'Allier took the first set 6-3. Jerlow then came back to win the final two sets by 6-3 scores.
Kvam said the number one singles match was extremely closely matched. New Richmond's Heather Pederson and Beth Plourde won the first set 6-3, but were beaten in the final two sets by 6-4 scores.
The Tigers also got a good win at two doubles, where Gretchen Anderson and Ellen Railsback teamed up for a 6-3, 7-5 win.
New Richmond 5,
No. 1: Carrie Kothlow (U) def. Kristen Holle 7-6, 6-2
No. 2: Alyssa Jerlow (NR) def. Amber L'Allier 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Laurel Hay (NR) def. Melody Vitzthum 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: Ashley Davis (NR) def. Kelsey Anderson 6-1, 6-2
No. 1: Amanda Kutina and Kelly Christensen (U) def. Heather Pederson and Beth Plourde 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2: Gretchen Anderson and Ellen Railsback (NR) def. Olivia Florer and Rachel Peterson 6-3, 7-5
No. 3: Jessie Meyers and Molly O'Flanagan (NR) def. Paige Anderson and Laura Roettger 6-2, 6-1