Raider tennis tops MenomonieEven Raider boys’ tennis coach Dave Dahl was impressed with his team’s 6-1 victory over Menomonie last Thursday.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Even Raider boys’ tennis coach Dave Dahl was impressed with his team’s 6-1 victory over Menomonie last Thursday, April 21.
All six of the Raiders’ wins came in straight sets with their only loss coming in three sets at the No. 4 singles position.
“This was a pretty convincing team victory against a Menomonie squad that came back this year with a fair amount of experience,” Dahl said.
The win kept the Raiders undefeated on the season with an overall mark of 4-0 and improved their Big Rivers Conference record to 2-0 heading into Thursday’s (April 28) conference match at River Falls. The team will also compete in the East Ridge Tournament on Saturday, April 30 before hosting Tartan in a nonconference match Monday, May 2 at 3:15 p.m.
Last Thursday against Menomonie, Max Hawksford cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles and Jeff Dahl rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 while Seth Blum posted a 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot.
Hudson dominated the doubles competition with Andy Mitchell and Alex Lasiuk earning a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1, Tanner Owens and Koyla Hawksford winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Griffin Robertson and Jake Shreffler winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.
The only loss came at No. 4 singles, where Jon Paquette battled to a 6-1, 4-6, 2-6 outcome.
“Max, Jeff, and Seth continue to play well, Dahl said. “Outscoring Menomonie 36-7 in doubles games shows how dominant we were there as well. We’re starting to set the tempo and attack a little better in doubles rather than just responding to what the other side throws our way. Paquette came out strong, but his opponent deserves credit for being a little more consistent in the second and third sets.”
Dahl said he’s hoping the weather will cooperate and allow the Raiders to get in four more matches this week. Thursday’s BRC match at River Falls begins at 3:30 p.m. while the round-robin tournament at East Ridge is set to start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.