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Raiders tennis team moves on to Marshfield

All ten members of the Raider boys' tennis team advanced from Monday's WIAA Subsectional in Eau Claire to Thursday's Sectional in Marshfield. Team members include, front from left, Jake Shreffler, Ben Klundt, Jack Schulte, Cal Johnson and Kody Owens; back, Max Hawksford, Griffin Robertson, Jeff Dahl, Max Cherrier and Sam Duchow. Submitted photo

All ten members of the Raider boys' tennis team will be making the trip to Marshfield Thursday, May 24 for the WIAA sectional round of play.

The Raiders had a perfect day Monday at the subsectional in Eau Claire and enter Thursday's sectional tied with Eau Claire Memorial, each with 24 points.

Thursday's qualifiers will advance to the WIAA State Tournament May 31- June 2 in Madison,

"Our goal going into today was to get everyone through to the sectional and that's exactly what we did," Raider coach Dave Dahl said. "I'm real proud of this group. They earned themselves some nice seeds and took advantage of their favorable position in all flights. I'm pretty sure this is the first Hudson tennis team to have everyone advance out of the subsectional."

Max Hawksford is one win away from his third straight trip to state after disposing of his Osceola/Somerset opponent, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while the Raiders' No. 1 doubles team of Jeff Dahl and Griffin Robertson is also one win away from state after taking care of their Menomonie opponents, 6-0, 6-1.

The rest of the Raiders had to win two matches to stay alive. Cal Johnson won 6-0, 6-0 and 7-5, 6-2 to move on at No. 2 singles, and Jack Schulte won 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 7-6 to advance at No. 3 singles, while No. 4 singles player Max Cherrier won 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 7-6.

In the other doubles matches, Kody Owens and Ben Klundt won 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, while Jake Shreffler and Sam Duchow won 6-2, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-2 to advance at No. 3.

Sectional play gets underway at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Marshfield High School courts.

"Things get tougher at Marshfield, but I like the way we're playing and I know the guys are up for the challenge," Dahl said.

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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