Tiger tennis season ends at WIAA subsectional meetThe step up to Division 1 play proved to be too much of an obstacle for the New Richmond girls tennis team when they hosted the Division 1 subsectional tournament on Monday.
The step up to Division 1 play proved to be too much of an obstacle for the New Richmond girls tennis team when they hosted the Division 1 subsectional tournament on Monday.
The Tigers were held without a win in the subsectional meet, meaning they didn’t advance anyone to Wednesday’s Division 1 sectional meet in Marshfield.
The subsectional tournament was dominated by Eau Claire Memorial and Hudson. Memorial advanced to the sectional level in all seven flights while Hudson advanced in six flights. That left little room for the other seven schools in the tournament to move girls on to Marshfield.
In nearly every flight the Tigers were a fourth or fifth seed, meaning they drew some respect in the seeding meeting for their Middle Border Conference championship and solid success in non-conference matches this season.
At one singles, Tiger senior Chelsea Anderson was defeated by Sarah Thune of Eau Claire North 6-4, 7-5. North also eliminated the Tigers at two singles, where Meghan Frank lost by a 6-4, 6-2 score.
New Richmond’s Maggie Earley lost to the two seed, Rosie Buckley of Menomonie, 6-0, 6-4. Buckley would go on to qualify for sectionals. At four singles, Hailey Davis lost to Chippewa Falls by a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 score.
In doubles, the Tigers’ number one team of Jenny Hudalla and Alina Stai faced the third seed from Eau Claire North. There were many lengthy points in this match, but the Tigers came out on the short end of a 6-2, 6-1 loss.
At two doubles, Amy Kukacka and Kaycie Anderson were defeated by River Falls 6-4, 6-2. The Tigers’ three doubles team also lost to River Falls. The opening set was a thriller, with the Tigers coming back, only to lose in a tie-breaker 9-7. New Richmond’s Heather Halvorsen and Mattie Kidder then dropped the second set 6-1.
Tiger coach Denise Devereux said the New Richmond girls gave their maximum effort in every match.
“Some played very well, some not their best, but they all fought hard,” Devereux said.