Tigers win pair of dual meetsThe Tiger boys tennis team improved to 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference with a 6-1 win over Durand last Thursday.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
The Tiger boys tennis team improved to 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference with a 6-1 win over Durand last Thursday.
Kyle Mitchell and Trevor Anderson have been constants in the Tigers’ single lineup and they earned solid wins against Durand. The rest of the Tiger lineup has been changed for every meet, as Coach Mike Montello tries to see whether his young players are better suited for singles or doubles, and what combinations work best in doubles.
Against Durand, freshmen Justice Harvieux and Jorden Aufderhar played three and four singles. This was the first time Harvieux had played this high in the lineup. While Harvieux didn’t win, he did impress Montello.
“This was a step in the road of his tennis growth. When he got behind, he wouldn’t quit,” Montello said.
Aufderhar was able to win in his first varsity singles match, 6-3, 6-4.
“He handled the challenge with true grit,” Montello said.
Juniors Jordan Berget and Eric Edson were teamed as the Tiger one doubles team. They won in two sets, but both sets were tense, with the Tigers winning each set in a tie-breaker.
Jeremy Lyons and Chris Kiesler looked like a good combination in handily winning the two doubles match.
“Chris’ racquet play and serving have shown strong improvement over the last two weeks and Jeremy provides good court coverage,” Montello said.
Jerrod Berget and Drew Jensen scored a 6-2, 6-2 win at three doubles.
The Tigers went to Altoona last Tuesday and scored a 6-1 win over the Railroaders.
Altoona is a young program that didn’t present a lot of opposition for the Tigers, especially at the upper end of the singles lineup.
The only match the Tigers lost was freshman Drew Jensen losing in his first varsity singles match. Coach Montello saw promise in Jensen’s play.
“I liked how he hit the ball and, with some seasoning, he could be effective,” Montello said.
Senior Jerrod Berget also made his tennis debut in this match. He’s been in track through his high school career. This year he’s one of several athletes who are trying to compete in two sports. Berget and Jorden Aufderhar were winners at three doubles against Altoona.
“With a little experience, he could play at the two doubles level and be competitive,” Montello said of Berget.
Eau Claire tournament
The Tigers got a big dose of WIAA Division 1 competition on Saturday when they played in the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational.
The top finishes for the Tigers came from Kyle Mitchell and Trevor Anderson at one and two singles. They both earned consolation championships in the tournament.
The Tigers play at Eau Claire Regis on Thursday before hosting their annual invitational on Saturday.
The Tigers will compete in the Middle Border Conference tournament in Durand next Tuesday.
New Richmond 6, Altoona 1
No. 1: Kyle Mitchell (NR) def. Cody Huggat 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: Trevor Anderson (NR) def. Dan Kriza 6-1, 6-1
No. 3: Eric Edson (NR) def. Chait Gaddam 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: Jared Brinker (A) def. Drew Jensen 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
No. 1: Jeremy Lyons and Jordan Berget (NR) def. Luke Revello and Ryan Webert 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 2: Justice Harvieux and Chris Kiesler (NR) def. Adam Johnson and Teegan Brock 7-5, 7-6 (6-4)
No. 3: Jerrod Berget and Jorden Aufderhar (NR) def. Zack Halverson and Derek Anderson 7-5, 6-2
New Richmond 6, Durand 1
No. 1: Kyle Mitchell (NR) def. Brett Bauer 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Trevor Anderson (NR) def. Lucas Ribiero 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Tyler Brunner (D) def. Justice Harvieux 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 4: Jorden Aufderhar (NR) de. Luke Hayden 6-3, 6-4
No. 1: Jordan Berget and Eric Edson (NR) def. Jordan Hurlburt and Seth McMahon 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5).
No. 2: Jeremy Lyons and Chris Kiesler (NR) def. Eric Bechel and Jordan Mead 6-2, 6-4
No. 3: Jerrod Berget and Drew Jensen (NR) def. Mark Kim and Aaron Weiss 6-2, 6-2