HUDSON, Wis. -- New Richmond gave Hudson a battle in a number of matches, but the Raiders got the key points when it counted to post a 6-1 victory over the Tigers Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Hudson.
New Richmond’s lone point came from Avery Knutson at No. 3 singles, who gutted out a tiebreak win in the first set before going on to earn a 7-6 (12-10), 1-6, 6-1 victory.
“Avery did a really good job of staying calm through the long tie-break and then not getting down after losing the second set 1-6,” Tiger coach Denise Devereux said. “We changed the game plan as Grace seemed to figure out what Avery was doing well during the second set and Avery did a great job of executing what was planned throughout the final set.”
New Richmond pushed two of the three doubles matches to three sets but came up short, with Hudson’s Livi Boily and Jordan Yacoub prevailing 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 over Brogan O'Flanagan and Rhea Warner at the No. 1 spot, and Sophie Pope and Bailey Finch beating Carolin Fuchs and Aine Connolly 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 3.
“One doubles lost a close one in three sets, but they are starting to work well together and starting to get used to the level of play up at No. 1,” Devereux noted.
Hudson had an easier time in the remaining singles matches, with Sophie Jonas beating Izzy Brinkman 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, Lily Holmberg defeating Onalie Dennis 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2, and Claire Keech topping Liz Counter 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4.
While Hudson had the rest of the week off, New Richmond traveled to Osceola Thursday, Sept. 10 and came home with a 6-1 Middle Border Conference victory.
The Tigers swept the doubles matches with O’Flanagan and Warner cruising 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot, MhKellen Storie and Bella Baillargeon winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, and Fuchs and Connolly winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3.
Brinkman rolled 6-1, 6-1 in her No. 1 singles match and Knutson won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 while Counter posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 3.
The Tigers are home for a pair of matches this week -- Tuesday, Sept. 15, against Amery and Thursday, Sept. 17, with River Falls.
Wildcats rained out twice
River Falls only got one match in last week due to the weather and it resulted in a 6-1 Big Rivers Conference loss at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 10. The Cats’ home match against Menomonie scheduled for two days earlier was postponed along with a quad on Saturday.
The Wildcats’ lone victory came at No. 3 doubles, where Emma Creen and Isabelle O’Malley held on for a 7-1, 7-5 win.
“Emma has been a real team player this season as I have tried to figure out our best line-up,” head coach Cassie Erickson said. “She has had a few different doubles partners. Her positive attitude and desire to win make our No. 3 doubles team very strong, no matter who I pair her up with.”
Erickson also liked the play of Elizabeth Lemke in a close 4-6, 4-6 loss at No. 3 singles.
“Elizabeth started the season at No. 3 doubles and has worked her way into the No. 3 singles spot,” the coach noted.
The Wildcats will visit New Richmond for a nonconference match Thursday, Sept. 17, before hosting a make-up match with Menomonie Monday, Sept. 21. Erickson said the team will use the extra time off this week working on its consistency.
“The team is making many improvements each week but we need to start transferring what we are working on in practice to our matches,” she said.