The Raider boys' tennis team couldn't get past 22-time defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday, April 23, but rebounded in a big way by sweeping River Falls two days later.
Tuesday's match started out well for Hudson with No. 1 singles player Tyler Grosz defeating Eau Claire Memorial's Sam Rechak in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, but it was all downhill from there as the Old Abes won every other match to defeat the Raiders 6-1.
Hudson coach John Knutson pointed out that Eau Claire Memorial only lost one player from last year's team that beat the Raiders by an identical 6-1 score while Hudson lost 10 players to graduation.
"I thought we might struggle against them this year," Knutson said. "Jacob Grosz at our No. 2 singles spot lost to Mark Pepperl for his first loss on the year where I thought we had a shot to win. I also thought we may win at No. 3 singles where Lukas Johnson defeated Liam Obaid for the sectional title last year, but we couldn't get any traction at either the No. 2 or No. 3 singles spots, losing both of those in straight sets."
The Raiders responded with a dominating 7-0 victory over River Falls Thursday that saw all four singles players win by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Tyler Grosz, Jacob Grosz, Johnson and Kade Nickerson combined to blank the Wildcat singles' lineup 48 games to 0, while the doubles teams were almost as impressive, losing just nine games in the three matches.
Jack Geurkink and Brett Covey won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, Isaac Hennemann and Charlie Neuenschwander won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2, and Lewis Holmberg and Mitchell Drost won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3.
The Raiders have a busy schedule this week, hosting Duluth East Wednesday, May 1, Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 2, and New Prague Friday, May 3, before competing at the Stevens Point Quad Saturday, May 4.