It was a fitting sendoff for perhaps the largest class of seniors in New Richmond tennis history.
There are 18 seniors on the roster for the New Richmond girls this fall. And the team has been highly successful. The Tigers paid tribute to their seniors last Thursday while defeating Mondovi 7-0. This win gives the Tigers an undefeated record in the Middle Border Conference dual meet season. The Tigers attempted to complete a victorious MBC season on Tuesday when they hosted the MBC tournament. The conference title is decided on the combined results of the dual meet season and the tournament.
The match against Mondovi because the coaches made accommodations that all 18 seniors would get a match between the varsity and junior varsity action. Coach Denise Devereux said nearly all of the seniors have been members of the team for all four years of their high school career. She said the coaches have worked hard to make sure all of the girls on the roster feel like they’re an important part of the team.
It’s things like the team poster that make every girl feel valued. There are more than 40 girls on the team and they’re all pictured on the poster, not just the varsity. And the seniors are all featured prominently.
The development of a junior varsity conference tournament is another way the coaches have made more girls feel important. Every senior who isn’t in the lineup for the varsity MBC tournament will be in the JV tournament. This will be the third year of the MBC JV meet. New Richmond will field two teams in the meet to cover byes from other teams.
“We have done a good job of having a cohesive team atmosphere,” Devereux said as a reason why so many girls have stayed with the team through their senior year. “We do a lot of things where we include everyone.”
The Tigers had no trouble defeating Mondovi Thursday. Mia Bakke, Ari Devereux, Izzy Brinkman and Alanna Knutson won singles matches. The teams of Teresa Tenner and Katey Eickhoff, Brogan O’Flanagan and Sophie Fuchs, and Rhea Warner and Onalie Dennis were winners in doubles.
That same lineup also scored a 7-0 win when the Tigers won at Ellsworth last Tuesday. The Tigers didn’t give up more than two games in any set.
The Tigers were 7-0 winners in every MBC dual match except when they defeated Baldwin-Woodville, 6-1.
The Tigers will play a non-conference match at Hudson on Thursday. The Tigers begin tournament play next Monday in the WIAA Division 1 subsectional tournament at Menomonie.