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New Richmond girls tennis gets key MBC victory

The return of junior Sydney Hahn, after she missed the 2017 season due to injury, has solidified the doubles lineup for the Tiger girls team this fall. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

The Amery girls tennis team qualified for the WIAA Division 2 team state tournament last fall, so the New Richmond girls knew they were in for a battle when the two teams met at the NRHS tennis courts on Thursday.

The Tigers rose to the occasion. The Tigers improved to 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference by defeating the Warriors, 6-1.

Amery is the defending D2 team sectional champion, returning its entire doubles lineup and two of its singles players. The Amery one doubles team of Allison Oman and Olivia Braaten won its opening match against a seeded team in the WIAA individual state tournament last fall.

New Richmond's one doubles team of Anna Hop and Katey Eickhoff was able to defeat that Amery squad, 7-6, 6-4. While it was an important win, New Richmond coach Denise Devereux said her team needs to play even better.

"They were not really as aggressive as they need to be. They allowed Amery to take the net," Devereux said.

Devereux was far more pleased with the aggressive play of Kerrigan Storie and Sydney Hahn in the 6-0, 6-0 win at two doubles. A lack of aggressiveness cost the Tigers in their three doubles loss.

The Tigers were sharp in sweeping the singles matches. Devereux praised Mia Bakke's patience in a 6-1, 6-0 win at one singles. Teresa Tenner faced a formidable opponent at two singles and won 6-4, 6-3. The best news from Ari Devereux's 6-4, 6-3 win at three singles was that she played pain free after battling a shoulder injury the past month. Zoe Davis completed the singles sweep with a three-set win at four singles.

The Tigers recorded a 4-0 win in an MBC match at Unity last Tuesday. Unity only has six girls playing this season, so the Tiger coaches sent six junior varsity girls to play these matches. Alanna Knutson and Avery Knutson won the singles matches. Rhea Warner and Maddie Scanlan won at one singles and Ellie Fall and Anna Dornbush won at two doubles.

"I didn't see any nerves at all," Coach Devereux said, with most of the girls getting their first varsity experience. "They played like they belonged there."

The Tigers continue their MBC schedule Thursday at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers will host their annual quad meet on Saturday, with Eau Claire North, Altoona and Rice Lake joining in.

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 more than 30 years.

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