NEW RICHMOND, Wis.-- The New Richmond girls’ tennis team looked good in its Middle Border Conference opener against Ellsworth Tuesday, Aug. 25, sweeping the Panthers by a 7-0 score on the Tigers’ home courts.

The Tigers had little trouble in three of the four singles matches, with Izzy Brinkman cruising 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1, Avery Knutson winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3, and Liz Counter picking up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4.

Onalie Dennis faced a challenge from Ellsworth’s Bailey Alhers at No. 2 singles before earning a 6-1, 7-5 victory.

New Richmond No. 1 singles player Izzy Brinkman returns a shot in her 6-2, 6-0 win over Ellsworth’s Kacie Duvall in the Tigers’ 7-0 victory over the Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 25, in New Richmond. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
New Richmond No. 1 singles player Izzy Brinkman returns a shot in her 6-2, 6-0 win over Ellsworth’s Kacie Duvall in the Tigers’ 7-0 victory over the Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 25, in New Richmond. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Two of the three doubles matches were also close, with New Richmond’s Brogan O’Flanagan and Rhea Warner pulling out a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at No. 1 and Aine Connolly and Ari Murkve winning 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3. Kellen Storie and Bella Baillargeon cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot.

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The Tigers faced a much stiffer challenge in a nonconference match Thursday against undefeated Eau Claire Regis and were swept by the Ramblers, 7-0. Regis, who defeated last year’s Division 2 state runner-up Kohler at the University School of Milwaukee Invite the weekend before, improved to 6-0 on the season while New Richmond fell to 3-2.

Brinkman pushed her opponent to a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles before losing 6-4, 4-6, 10-7, while O’Flanagan and Warner fell in identical fashion, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

The Tigers will hit the road for their next three matches-- Thursday, Sept. 3, at Unity, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Hudson and Thursday, Sept. 10, at Osceola.