Netters look to move up at BRC Tourney Saturday at ECNThe Raider girls’ tennis team lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision at Eau Claire North last Tuesday before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory Thursday at home against Chippewa Falls.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider girls’ tennis team lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision at Eau Claire North last Tuesday before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory Thursday at home against Chippewa Falls.
The split leaves the Raiders in third place in the Big Rivers Conference standings heading into Saturday’s BRC Tournament at Eau Claire North.
“It will take a great day, but we still have a chance to move up in the standings,” head coach Dave Dahl said. “I know the girls will be ready to go.”
The Raiders gave the Huskies all they could handle last Tuesday in Eau Claire, winning three of the four singles matches in straight sets. But North swept the doubles matches to escape with a 4-3 win.
“I felt pretty good going into the match, and until it was over I thought we’d find a way to win at four or five spots,” Dahl said. “The team was disappointed, but I won’t fault their effort. We were just a couple of breaks away from this going our way today.”
Julia Johnson cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles and Nicole Buechler won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 while Morgan Karras posted a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 3 spot. The only Raider loss in singles play came at No. 4, where Morgan Van Allen was defeated 3-6, 4-6.
In doubles play, Alise Riedel and Casey Fall played a tough second set but ended up losing 0-6, 5-7, while Hanna Naegeli and Whitney Theisen battled three sets before losing 6-4, 2-6, 3-6. Lauren Duff and Kelsey Scharfenberg were defeated 2-6, 2-6 at No. 3.
The Raiders had a much easier time Thursday against Chippewa Falls, sweeping all four singles matches and wining two of three in doubles play to post a 6-1 victory.
Johnson rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Buechler won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 while Van Allen won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and Chelsea Buechler won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.
In doubles play, Riedel and Karras posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 and Theisen and Duffy won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 while Naegeli and Fall dropped a 1-6, 0-6 decision at No. 2.
“We showed no mercy in the singles matches today,” Dahl noted. “Chippewa has made a strong showing in doubles in the conference this year and really took it to us at number two doubles. As much as that surprised us, I think they were not expecting Alise and Morgan to be so dominant on the one doubles court.”
The BRC Tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Eau Claire North.