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Tiger girls start

When a state tournament team returns its entire lineup, there are certain expectations that go with it.

The New Richmond girls tennis team is in that position and the Tigers showed they are ready to live up to any and all expectations when they began their season on Saturday.

The Tigers played host to Whitewater, East Troy and Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, with the Tigers facing East Troy and Whitewater in dual matches.

In the opening round the Tigers scored a 7-0 win over Whitewater. The second match proved to be much more of a challenge. East Troy is a well-respected tennis program, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 4-3 win.

Tiger coach Teresa Kvam is in the enviable spot of having at least 12 girls with substantial varsity experience. But with only 10 spots in the varsity lineup, it means there is tough competition to varsity court time.

Kvam is also trying new combinations in the doubles and singles lineup. Playing at one doubles in the tournament were seniors Ali Demulling and Lindsey Edson, who'd never played together in a match before. After dropping their first set against Whitewater, they came back to win both of their matches.

"Lindsey and Ali worked very well together," Kvam said. "Lindsey's net game was phenomenal."

Whitney Hay and Kristen Holle also performed well in the top two singles flights for the Tigers, sweeping their matches.

Kvam also got three girls their first varsity experience ever, working Kim Musta, Jessie Meyers and Ellen Railsback into the lineup. All three rotated between three and four doubles in the two matches.

"Those girls are very coachable," Kvam said.

One of the things that pleased Kvam most about the tournament Saturday was how the Tigers approached the tournament.

"They played with quiet confidence, a high intensity. There were very few lapses," she said.

The Tigers play in another tournament this Saturday, this time playing in Altoona. The Tigers then have a week to get ready for their Middle Border Conference opener, which will be a match in Bloomer on Sept. 2.

New Richmond 7, Whitewater 0


No. 1: Whitney Hay (NR) def. Katie Provorse 6-2, 6-1

No. 2: Kristen Holle (NR) def. Steph Troemel 6-0, 6-2

No. 3: Ashley Davis (NR) def. Leanne Ehlen 6-3, 6-0

No. 4: Lara Railsback (NR) def. Crystal Meyer 6-1, 6-0


No. 1: Ali Demulling and Lindsey Edson (NR) def. Melissa Hintz and Stephanie Mayer 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2: Rachel Poppy and Alyssa Jerlow (NR) def. Zia Okacha and Lea Schuler 6-1, 6-4

No. 3: Kim Musta and Laurel Hay (NR) def. Sandra DePorter and Andrea Caller 6-2, 6-3

No. 4: Ellen Railsback and Jessie Meyers (NR) def. Lacy Platner and Tiffany Markham 6-1

New Richmond 4, East Troy 3


No. 1: Whitney Hay (NR) def. Casey Anderson 6-1, 6-1

No. 2: Kristen Holle (NR) def. Sally Blum 6-2, 6-2

No. 3: Krystal Solum (ET) def. Ashley Davis 6-4, 6-0

No. 4: Nora Blum (ET) def. Lara Railsback 7-5, 6-4


No. 1: Ali Demulling and Lindsey Edson (NR) def. Bethany Scorch and Melissa Taust 6-2, 6-1

No. 2: Amy Bower and Lindsey Collamore (ET) def. Laurel Hay and Alyssa Jerlow 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Rachel Poppy and Ellen Railsback (NR) def. Carlee Tracy and Andrea Barth 3-6, 6-1, 6-0

No. 4: Erin Newlans and Stephanie Wexler (ET) def. Kim Musta and Jessie Meyers 6-0, 6-0

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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