Tigers shuffle the lineup, beat B-W
The New Richmond girls tennis team assured that it will finish no lower than second place in the Middle Border Conference dual meet standings by beating Baldwin-Woodville 5-2 on Monday.
The Tigers are now building toward the Middle Border Conference tournament, which will be played next Tuesday at Durand.
In Monday's dual, New Richmond coach Teresa Kvam was expecting B-W coach Jim Rumpal to juggle his lineup. So Kvam took the same course, moving Alyssa Jerlow and Laurel Hay to the singles lineup from their usual spot as the one doubles team. That plan paid the dividends the Tigers were hoping for, with the Tigers sweeping the singles matches.
The Tigers also got one win in doubles, with Jessie Meyers and Molly O'Flanagan overcoming a first set loss to win in three sets at three doubles.
"We gambled and it paid off," Kvam said. "We tried to put our strongest players in doubles."
Kvam saw another benefit. Jerlow and Hay had been struggling a bit in their recent doubles matches. Playing at singles gave them more opportunities to work in their ground strokes and sharpen their overall game.
On Saturday the Tigers played in the annual Menomonie tournament, but there was a significant twist to this year's tournament. This is usually a strong field, but this year Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North were added to make it much tougher.
The Tigers ended up only getting two wins in the tournament. Kristen Holle won her opening match at one singles, beating Eau Claire North 6-2, 6-4. She then played an extremely tough match in the semifinals, losing the second set in a tie-breaker. That match sapped Holle's energy and she was beaten by Wausau West in the third place match 7-5, 6-1.
Molly O'Flanagan got the other Tiger win at four singles. She beat Winona in the consolation semifinals 6-2, 2-6, 10-7. She was then beaten in the consolation title match by Eau Claire North 7-5, 5-7, 10-3.
New Richmond 5,
No. 1: Kristen Holle (NR) def. Jessica Donahue 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Alyssa Jerlow (NR) def. Kristine Rominski 6-1, 6-3
No. 3: Laurel Hay (NR) def. Melissa Mohn 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
No. 4: Ashley Davis (NR) def. Cassie Rominski 6-0, 6-1
No. 1: Ali Fennern and Emily Jacobson (B-W) def. Ellen Railsback and Heather Pederson 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
No. 2: Alyssa Klund and Caroline Berchter (B-W) def. Gretchen Anderson and Beth Plourde 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
No. 3: Jessie Meyers and Molly O'Flanagan (NR) def. Sarah Donahue and Kristen Hoffman 2-6, 6-4, 6-1