New Richmond's boys tennis team was beaten in the showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead last Thursday.
The Tigers squared off against Eau Claire Regis, which has been a perennial power since it joined the MBC. The Ramblers moved into the top spot in the conference again on Thursday, defeating the Tigers 5-2.
Now the Tigers will have to wait to find out if they get a share of the conference title. Their only chance was if Altoona could beat Regis, but that match was postponed on Monday. So the final news will remain in limbo until a makeup date can be found.
The wins for the Tigers against Regis came in the top two singles flights. Senior Justice Harvieux and freshman Nick Bradish recorded those wins.
Harvieux topped Regis senior Will Schiefeling 6-4, 7-6. Harvieux was able to beat his persistent opponent with a more direct game and the ability to put away his shots.
Bradish continued his undefeated season, rolling past his opponent 6-1, 6-1.
Tiger coach Mike Montello said Regis had strong veteran players deep into its lineup, where the Tigers get younger quickly. That came into effect, especially on the doubles side, with Regis earning some close wins. The best effort in the losses may have been at three doubles, where Joe Deppe and Jordan Kvam took the match to three sets. They trailed 5-1 in the second set, but battled back to win the set 7-5.
Home quad win
The Tigers earned the championship in their home quad meet on Saturday, defeating Amery, Baldwin-Woodville and Altoona.
The Tigers topped Amery 7-0, Baldwin-Woodville 6-1 and Altoona 4-3.
For the quad meet the Tigers went back to their normal lineup, moving Harvieux and Aufderhar back to doubles. The result was strong play on the doubles and singles side.
The bright spot was the play of the younger Tigers in the singles lineup. Bradish moved back to one singles. He suffered his first loss of the season against Altoona, but is putting together an impressive season for a freshman.
The play of Isaiah Hobbs, Pat Holland and Deppe in the rest of the singles slots was huge. Hobbs played like never before. He won all three of his matches, including beating a tough opponent from Altoona.
"He hit the ball as well as I have seen him hit this year," Montello said.
Holland moved to three singles and also went 3-0 for the day. His big challenge came against B-W, when he won the first set, but saw his play drop off sharply in losing the second set. He was able to regain his composure and win the third set 10-4 in the super tie-breaker.
Harvieux teamed with Jorden Aufderhar to go 3-0 at one doubles on Saturday. Charlie Kleiner and Mike Stoffel put together a strong, consistent effort to beat three quality opponents at two doubles.
Next Tuesday the Middle Border Conference tennis tournament will be played at Durand. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.