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Netters drop 2 of 3 at RF Quad

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.1 / 2
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.2 / 2
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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.

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."

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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