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Bakke earns second trip to state tennis meet

New Richmond senior Greta Bakke will be playing at the WIAA Division 1 girls state individual championships for the second straight year when she takes the court at Nielsen Stadium in Madison on Thursday. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

New Richmond senior Greta Bakke will open play at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 state individual tennis championships at Nielsen Stadium in Madison.

Bakke will be playing in her second straight WIAA state championship tournament. She was named on Friday as an extra qualifier for this year's state tournament.

Bakke carries a 23-6 record into the state meet. Her opening match will be against Beaver Dam sophomore Morgan Nelson, who has a 25-5 record. Bakke and Nelson both played at the state meet a year ago. New Richmond coach Denise Devereux scouted Nelson and said that she and Bakke have almost identical results against opponents they've both faced this season. All of the losses both girls suffered this season were against other state tournament qualifiers. The winner of this match will play again at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Bakke was defeated in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 sectional meet last Wednesday. That meant she could only get to state as an extra qualifier. They began announcing extra qualifiers in Division 2 by noon last Friday, but it wasn't until after 8 p.m. that the Division 1 extra qualifiers were announced.

"It was a long day of waiting, even though I was fairly confident she would get in," Devereux said.

Bakke was the second seed from the Eau Claire Memorial subsectional, but she was defeated at the sectional meet by freshman Natasha Bailey of Wausau West 6-2, 6-2. Bailey has some strong qualifications. Her dad played on the Davis Cup team for Hong Kong.

"She's a really good player. I was surprised she got the third seed," Devereux said of Bailey.

Bakke was the only Tiger to advance through the subsectional meet that was played on Monday, Oct. 2 at Eau Claire Memorial. Bakke had to win one match to advance to sectionals and she did that handily. She defeated Superior's Madisen Myer 6-0, 6-1.

The three other New Richmond singles entries all won their opening matches before falling in the semifinals. At two singles, Anna Hop opened with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Eau Claire North. Her run was ended in the semifinals, losing to Olivia Leipnitz of Menomonie 6-1, 6-3.

Teresa Tenner started three singles action with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Courtney Westbrooks of River Falls. Tenner was coming on fast in the second set of the semifinals against Jordan Pauley of Eau Claire Memorial, but lost 6-0, 7-5.

Ari Devereux was New Richmond's four singles player and she opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Brittany Dehnke of Eau Claire North. Hudson's Sophia Jonas topped Devereux 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. Hop, Tenner and Devereux were all seeded third in the tournament, so they placed exactly where they were seeded.

All three of New Richmond's doubles teams were defeated in the opening round of the subsectional tournament. That included Mya Bakke and Katey Eickhoff at one doubles, Emma Borgstrom and Kerrigan Storie at two doubles and Katrina Riba and Margo Gauper at three doubles.

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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