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New Richmond tennis wins final two MBC dual matches

Sophomore Jamie Hudalla charges to the net to make this play during a recent Tiger tennis match.1 / 2
Tiger senior Ali Graff returns a serve in the one doubles match in last Tuesday's 7-0 win over Amery.2 / 2

While the New Richmond girls tennis team wasn't able to win its sixth straight Middle Border Conference dual meet title, the Tigers did the next best thing.

They finished second in this year's MBC standings. The Tigers finished off their conference schedule last week with wins over Amery and Durand.

The Tigers will play their final dual meet this Thursday in a non-conference match at Hudson. Next Monday the Tigers will host the WIAA Division 1 subsectional meet. Teams joining the Tigers in the tournament are Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Hudson, Menomonie, Rice Lake, River Falls and Superior. Play in the subsectional tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Performing well late in the season is a Tiger trademark and they certainly did that in their dual victories last week. Though the loss the previous week eliminated the Tigers' chance to win the conference title, the Tigers still played last week like every point was of ultimate importance.

On Tuesday the Tigers won their final home dual meet of the season, sweeping Amery 7-0. Amery finished third in the conference behind B-W and the Tigers, so this was no easy task.

Tiger coach Denise Devereux said the best challenge for the Tigers was at one singles, where Kaycie Anderson faced sophomore Kelly Stewart, a player with impressive promise. Anderson won the first set 7-5, then finished with a 6-2 win. Devereux said Anderson has a more varied shot selection and she used that to wear down Stewart.

While Anderson successfully handled her challenge, junior Mattie Kidder was overwhelming in winning the two singles match 6-1, 6-0. It appears that with each passing match, Kidder is understanding more about how to use her height and long arms to her advantage.

"Mattie is just starting to realize how much of an advantage it is," Devereux said. "When she goes to the net she's tough to pass by and she's tough to lob over."

The Tigers scored a 6-1 win at Durand last Thursday in their final MBC dual. Durand had all its best players in its doubles lineup and New Richmond swept through the singles matches, losing two games in the four matches.

The doubles matches were another matter. Durand won the one doubles match in three sets. New Richmond's Ali Graff and Maggie Earley won the opening set 6-1, but Durand came on like wildfire to win the final two sets. Devereux said Graff and Earley weren't as aggressive after the opening set and Durand was able to take advantage of that opening.

Shannon Peper and Emma Meisner also had a battle on their hands in the two doubles pairing. They won the opening set 6-3, before battling to a 7-6 win in the second set.

New Richmond 7, Amery 0


No. 1: Kaycie Anderson def. Molly Stewart 7-5, 6-2

No. 2: Mattie Kidder def. Abbey Marquand 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Heather Halvorsen def. Tara Johnson 6-0, 6-2

No. 4: Christian Weaver def. Bekah Storm 6-3, 6-2


No. 1: Ali Graff and Maggie Earley def. Shauna Henke and Victoria Matter 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Shannon Peper and Emma Meisner def. Olivia Sjogren and Hannah Jewelson 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

No. 3: Vicky Talmage and Jamie Hudalla def. Alexis Peterson and Lou Enriquez 6-3, 6-1