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Hudson's MacKenzie Uecker prepares to hit a shot in her 6-2, 6-3 victory over River Falls' Katie O'Malley at No. 3 singles Saturday in River Falls.

Netters drop 2 of 3 at RF Quad

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The Raider girls' tennis team dropped a pair of matches to Minnesota schools Saturday before ending its day with a 5-2 victory over the host Wildcats at the River Falls Quad.

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Hudson lost to East Ridge and Woodbury by identical 5-2 scores before turning the tables on the Wildcats.

Head coach Dave Dahl said the team's inexperience may have played a role in the two losses.

"We're going to face plenty of challenges this year," he said. "We'll have to battle every time out and make a few breaks for ourselves to succeed as a team. Woodbury was a little better than us today and I thought we let the East Ridge match slip away. Our inexperience showed, but it's good to play this type of competition."

Kelsie Hines came back from a 4-6 loss in the opening set to win 6-2 (10-5) at No. 1 singles, while Mackenzie Uecker and Kendra Little earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 3 doubles to account for the Raider scoring against East Ridge.

Woodbury took all four singles matches against the Raiders with Hudson's victories coming from Alex Johnson and Bailey Knight (7-5, 6-2) at No. 1 doubles, and Sydney Squires and Julia Douglas (7-6, 6-2) at the No. 2 spot.

In the final match of the day against River Falls, Hines won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Uecker posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3, and Rachel Knops won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. The Raiders picked up doubles wins from Johnson and Knight, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, and Squires and Douglas, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2.

"We'll play River Falls again in a couple weeks and I know that will be a completely different match as they played without three of their top players," Dahl noted.

The Raiders headed across state to compete in the 16-team Green Bay Southwest Tournament this past Monday and Tuesday and will play in the Menomonie Invitational this Saturday, Aug. 25.

"We've got a tough week ahead," Dahl said. "The Super-16 tourney at Green Bay Southwest always has a strong field, so nothing will come easy in the four matches we play there."

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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