NEW RICHMOND, Wis.-- Liz Counter’s three-set win at No. 4 singles proved to be the difference in New Richmond’s 4-3 victory over Amery in a Middle Border Conference girls’ tennis match Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Amery.

The Tigers followed that up with a 6-1 nonconference victory over River Falls two days later.

Last Tuesday at Amery, the Warriors took the top three singles matches while New Richmond swept all three in doubles play, but Counter pulled out a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 win at the No. 4 singles spot to tilt the final result in the Tigers’ favor.

“Liz did a nice job of re-grouping for the final set and stayed calm and played her game,” Tiger coach Denise Devereux said.

New Richmond prevailed in a pair of close doubles matches with Rhea Warner and Brogan O’Flanagan teaming up for a 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 1 spot, and Carolin Fuchs and Aine Connolly winning 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3. Kellen Storie and Bella Baillargeon gave the Tigers a sweep of the doubles matches with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 2.

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Avery Knutson dropped a close 6-7(5), 4-6 decision at No. 3 singles while Liz Brinkman lost 5-7, 0-6 at No. 1 and Onalie Dennis lost 1-6, 0-6 at No. 2.

“Amery's top three players are very solid,” Devereux said. “All three are very, very consistent and do not make a lot of errors.”

Thursday in New Richmond, River Falls got a win at No. 4 singles but that was all they could muster in a 6-1 loss to the Tigers.

River Falls’ Jada Saxton earned the Wildcats’ lone point with a three-set victory at No. 4 singles Thursday, Sept. 17, at New Richmond. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia
River Falls’ Jada Saxton earned the Wildcats’ lone point with a three-set victory at No. 4 singles Thursday, Sept. 17, at New Richmond. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Jada Saxton gutted out a 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-5 victory over Lily Brinkman to earn the Wildcats’ lone point.

“Her focus and determination were great to see throughout her entire match,” Wildcat coach Cassie Erickson said.

River Falls’ Kalea Lemke gave New Richmond’s Izzy Brinkman all she could handle at No. 1 singles before Brinkman pulled out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win while Emma Creen and Isabelle O’Malley took Fuchs and Connolly to three sets before the Tigers prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“The match against New Richmond was tough, they are a strong team,” Erickson said. “But I am starting to see improvements in our team’s energy and focus, and we are continuing to work on closing out a match.”

The Wildcats will play Hudson in a pair of matches this week, hosting the Raiders Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., while the Tigers hosted Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, Sept. 22 and will visit Mondovi Thursday.

Hudson sweeps Rice Lake

Hudson improved to 7-0 on the season with a pair of 7-0 Big Rivers Conference victories over Rice Lake last week.

Sophia Jonas led the singles surge with back-to-back 6-0, 6-2 victories at the No. 1 spot and Lily Holmberg and Grace Diedrich lost just two games all week at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. After pulling out a 7-6(3), 6-1 victory Tuesday at Rice Lake, Claire Keech rolled 6-1, 6-3 Thursday at home in the No. 4 singles spot.

The Raiders were just as dominant in doubles play, with Livi Boily and Jordan Yacoub at No. 1, Kira Young and Grace Lewis at No. 2, and Sophie Pope and Bailey Finch at No. 3, all winning twice in straight sets.