Tigers knocked out of MBC contention
Last week started relatively easily for the New Richmond boys tennis team.
The week got much tougher and the results for the Tigers slid as the competition level grew.
The week started with the Tigers rolling past Durand, 7-0 last Tuesday. Durand is a fairly inexperienced team and the Tigers played more confidently against the young opponents.
This wasn't a pretty win, but the Tigers did pull out wins in three matches that went to three sets.
For a team struggling for confidence, the strong finishes were the best part of the match for the Tigers. In six of the wins, the Tigers either got a sweep or gave up one game in the final set of the match.
Eau Claire Regis loss
The 6-1 loss at Eau Claire Regis closes out the Tigers' chances at a Middle Border Conference dual meet title, after a previous loss to Baldwin-Woodville.
The one win for the Tigers at Regis was produced by freshman Trevor Anderson at three singles. Anderson rallied to beat an older opponent, 7-5, 6-1.
The Tigers were not able to win a set in any of their six losses. Coach Mike Montello said the Tigers played well in some of the losses, while other setbacks came as a surprise to him.
Montello said the Tigers are facing a big step in their maturation process. They now need to be able to come up with wins against tougher opponents. He said the Tigers across the board show signs of playing much better, but need to play at the higher level more consistently.
EC Memorial meet
On Saturday the Tigers got a taste of what it would be like to play in the WIAA Division 1 tournament series. Saturday the Tigers played in a tournament at Eau Claire Memorial, where the Tigers and Amery were the only Division 2 teams among the 16 teams competing.
This was difficult sledding for most of the Tigers, with only one of the Tigers' seven entries winning more than one match in the tournament.
The multiple wins came at three doubles, where the Tigers won three matches to win the consolation title.
Tom Skoglund and Brent Nordquist lost in the opening round at three doubles to D.C. Everest. In the second round they scored a 6-0, 6-2 win over Holmen.
Skoglund then had to leave to perform at the solo/ensemble music contest, with Daniel Silviara stepping in. The Tigers won the next match, against Eau Claire Memorial, 6-2, 6-4. Skoglund then returned, and he and Nordquist won the consolation title 1-6, 6-3, 8-6 against a team from Eagan that was the top seed in the bracket.
The regular season is already wrapping up for the Tigers. The Tigers will hold a home triangular on Saturday, facing Stillwater and Baldwin-Woodville. Then the Tigers move into the tournament schedule, playing in the Middle Border Conference Meet next Tuesday in Durand.
New Richmond 7, Durand 0
No. 1: Jake Kleiner (NR) def. Trevor Black 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 2: Chad Weaver (NR) def. Derek Lieffring 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
No. 3: Trevor Anderson (NR) def. Zach Komro 6-3, 6-0
No. 4: Kyle Mitchell (NR) def. Ian Bantle 6-0, 6-1
No. 1: Blake Berger and Matt Tschudy (NR) def. Kyle Hayden and John McDonell 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
No. 2: Brent Nordquist and Logan Frye (NR) def. Trent Hutter and Cody Berger 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3: Chase Weaver and Tom Skoglund (NR) def. Brett Bauer and Jordan Hurlburt 6-3, 6-1