HUDSON, Wis. -- Hudson’s girls’ tennis team continued its early season dominance in the Big Rivers Conference with a pair of 7-0 victories over Chippewa Falls last week.
The Raiders lost just seven games in their home sweep of the Cardinals Monday, Aug. 31, before Chippewa fared slightly better but couldn’t pull out a victory Thursday, Sept. 3, on their home courts.
Hudson’s No. 2 doubles team of Grace Lewis and Kira Young were perfect with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 victories while Sophie Pope teamed up with Claire Keech for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles Monday and Bailey Finch for a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the same spot Thursday. Livi Boily and Jordan Yacoub won 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-2 at No 1 doubles.
Hudson’s top three singles players Monday -- Sophia Jonas, Lily Holmberg and Grace Diedrich -- all registered 6-0, 6-1 victories while Finch posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 4 singles spot. Jonas won 6-1, 6-2 Thursday, Holmberg and Diedrich both rolled 6-0, 6-0 and Keech won 6-0, 6-3.
Next up for the Raiders is a nonconference match at home against New Richmond Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m.
River Falls off to strong start
A new coach and a deleted start to the season hasn’t affected the River Falls girls’ tennis team.
With four returning starters from a team that posted its best record in decades the Wildcats opened the new season by beating Chippewa Falls twice, 6-1 and 7-0, before losing a pair of close matches to Rice Lake, 4-3 and 5-2.
“The four returning varsity players have shown great leadership helping to bring the new girls up to speed,” first-year Wildcat coach Cassie Erickson said. “Our lack of experience and being able to stay focused with high energy throughout the entire match showed here and there against Rice Lake, two things we have been working hard on in practice.”
The Wildcats have been dominant at the No. 3 doubles spot with a mixed lineup combining to go 4-0, while Kalea Lemke is off to a 4-0 start at No. 1 singles.
The Wildcats will try to move above the .500 mark when they host Menomonie Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. and visit Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 10.
“The girls are very determined and work hard in practice to continue to improve their knowledge and skills,” Erickson said.
Tigers sweep Unity
Gracie Gray, Paige Stangl, and Shaye Jacobson were all impressive in their varsity debuts to help New Richmond roll to a 7-0 victory over Unity Thursday, Sept. 3 in Balsam Lake.
Gray won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, Stangl posted a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No 4 singles, and Jacobson teamed up with Rylea Davis for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles.
Liz Counter moved into the No. 1 singles spot and earned a 7-6(4), 6-0 victory and Lily Brinkman stepped into the lineup at No. 2 singles and won 6-2, 6-0, while Carlin Fuchs and Aine Connolly won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. The Tigers won by default at No. 3 singles.
“Saw some nerves at first from some of the players with moving up high in the line-up or first varsity match,” Tiger coach Denise Devereux said. “But then they settled in well and played like they are capable of.”
The Tigers will visit Hudson for a nonconference match Tuesday, Sept. 8, before returning to Middle Border Conference play Thursday, Sept. 10, at Osceola.