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New Richmond boys tennis rolls past another MBC opponent

Vitaliy Gutsal returns a volley during his two singles win over Ellsworth last Tuesday. 1 / 2
Russ Hop has had a successful start to the 2014 season as the four singles player for the Tiger boys tennis team. 2 / 2

The first two Middle Border Conference dual matches for the New Richmond boys tennis team have not provided a great deal of competition for the Tigers.

A week after putting away Osceola’s boys with no problems, the Tigers did the same against Ellsworth last Tuesday, winning 7-0. The Tigers lost three games among the seven sets played against Osceola and they lost six games in the win over Ellsworth.

Ellsworth has just 10 players out for tennis. The Ellsworth courts are in such disrepair that the Panthers haven’t been able to host a conference match in nearly a decade.

New Richmond coach Mike Montello used this match to try out players in different roles, to see if they can be serviceable in roles in which they’re unaccustomed. Players like Vitaliy Gutsal and Connor Earley, who are usually staples in the Tigers’ doubles lineup, were given the chance to show whether they could handle playing singles. They both won by 6-0, 6-0 scores, which would give evidence that they could handle a switch, if necessary.

The Tigers have worked hard at conditioning in the pre-season and it showed in this match. Ellsworth’s players did not have the same level of conditioning and the Tigers were able to reach shots on the court that their opponents couldn’t.

The most competitive match of the day was probably the one singles match. New Richmond’s Nick Bradish earned a 6-3, 6-0 win over Will Huppert, an All-MBC basketball player for Ellsworth.

The level of competition should be stronger this Thursday when the Tigers play a conference match at Altoona. The Tigers have a home match scheduled for next Tuesday against Durand.

New Richmond 7, Ellsworth 0


No. 1: Nick Bradish (NR) def. Will Huppert 6-3, 6-0

No. 2: Vitaliy Gutsal (NR) def. Reegan Spriggle 6-0, 6-0

No. 3: Connor Earley (NR) def. Alex Ayala 6-0, 6-0

No. 4: Russ Hop (NR) def. Thaddeus Kosnopfal 6-0, 6-0


No. 1: Jack Hop and Casey Turnipseed (NR) def. Alex Brand and Kyle Murphy 6-0, 6-2

No. 2: Sam Hagen and Mitch Giannini (NR) def. Eliot Balzer and J.R. Matzek 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Logan Dadez and Stuart Pearson (NR) def. Tate Stewart and Luke Caturia 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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