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New Richmond tennis team stands up to Osceola's challenge

Tiger senior Shannon Peper drives a return back over the net in the two doubles victory over Osceola last Tuesday.

Sometimes a 7-0 win isn't as easy as it looks.

Last Thursday's 7-0 win by the New Richmond tennis team over Osceola is a good reminder of that. The Tigers only lost one set in the match, but Osceola kept the Tigers on their toes in most of the flights.

Osceola is coached by former NRHS tennis standout Joe Early. Early said it is his team's goal to keep their opponents moving and try to control the action. This proved to be a good reminder for the Tigers, because NRHS coach Denise Devereux said being active on the court is something the Tigers have also been stressing recently.

"Osceola had girls who were solid. It was a very good match for us," Devereux said.

Devereux said the Tigers had to adjust to deal with Osceola's strategy. The biggest adjustment was made at three singles, where New Richmond senior Heather Halvorsen had to come back from a 6-4 loss to Jenny Pfannes in the first set. Halvorsen wasn't being offensive minded in the first set and Pfannes was deftly moving the ball around the court. Halvorsen amped up her offense in the final two sets and won both of them by 6-3 scores.

One of the best performances for the Tigers was at two doubles, where Emma Meisner and Shannon Peper scored a 6-1, 6-1 win. Meisner's hard serve is becoming more of a weapon with each match. Peper does an excellent job of placing her shots where they are difficult for the opponents to reach them.

The Tigers have a week between matches, not playing again until next Tuesday's Middle Border Conference match at Unity. Devereux said this is a rare chance to have several straight days of practice to work on specific aspects of the team's game. Devereux said the coaches want to concentrate their efforts on the team's defensive foundation and being more aggressive in attacking opponents' second serves. She also wanted to work on improving the doubles teams' serve and volley tactics.

New Richmond 7, Osceola 0


No. 1: Kaycie Anderson (NR) def. Grace Guenthner 6-0, 6-2

No. 2: Mattie Kidder (NR) def. Tiffany Goodman 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: Heather Halvorsen (NR) def. Jenny Pfannes 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

No. 4: Christian Weaver (NR) def. Emma Jochim 6-3, 6-1


No. 1: Maggie Earley and Ali Graff (NR) def. Kayla Frank and Steph Newman 6-3, 7-5

No. 2: Emma Meisner and Shannon Peper (NR) def. Taylor Turner and Mariah Zegarski 6-1, 6-1

No. 3: Vicki Talmage and Jamie Hudalla (NR) def. Sami Judkins and Joann Johnson 6-3, 6-4

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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