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Raider No. 2 singles player Nicole Buechler returns a shot on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jackie Nelson of River Falls last Tuesday during the Raiders' 6-1 Big Rivers Conference win over the Wildcats. Photo by Bob Burrows

Netters post two BRC wins

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Menomonie juggled its lineup in an attempt to upset the Raider tennis team last Tuesday, but Hudson's Nicole Buechler and Morgan Karras spoiled the Indians' plans and helped lift Hudson to a 5-2 Big Rivers Conference victory.


The Raiders picked up their second BRC win of the week Thursday in River Falls by a score of 6-1.

Hudson hosted Rice Lake Tuesday, Sept. 8 before traveling to Eau Claire North next Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Huskies defeated the Raiders, 5-2, two weeks ago at the Green Bay Southwest Tournament.

"Overall, we're making good progress," Hudson coach Dave Dahl said. "We need to get Rice Lake on Tuesday and then we've got some unfinished business with North to take care of."

Last Tuesday at home against Menomonie, the Indians split their No. 1 doubles team and put them at No. 2 and No. 3 singles in hopes of gaining wins at those positions. "But Nicole and Morgan had other ideas," Dahl noted.

Buechler cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 2 singles position while Karras had to work hard to earn a 7-6, 7-5 victory at No. 3. Julia Johnson, who had split sets with her Menomonie opponent in a close win at No. 1 singles just three days earlier at the Menomonie Quad, dominated Tuesday, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Alise Riedel and Casey Fall added a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles and Lauren Duff and Kelsey Scharfenberg won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles to account for the other Raider victories. Morgan Van Allen was defeated 3-6, 4-6 at No. 4 singles and Hanna Naegeli and Whitney Theisen lost 6-3, 3-6, 5-7 at No. 2 doubles.

Thursday at River Falls, Hudson lost just 6 of 54 games on its way to a convincing 6-1 victory.

"River Falls is stronger in doubles and we had to play without our top doubles player, Alise Riedel, who was out with a hip injury," Dahl said. "Hanna and Casey settled down nicely after a slow start and Whitney and Lauren just found enough to pull out two close sets.

"Naegeli and Fall, teamed up at No. 1 doubles, dropped their opening set, 2-6, but recovered to take the next two, 6-3, 6-3, while Theisen and Duffy pulled out a tough 7-5, 7-6 (5) win at No. 2 doubles."

The Raiders cruised in singles play with Johnson winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, Buechler 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, Karras 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 and Van Allen 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4.

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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