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Hudson tennis on a roll

Hudson senior Bailey Knight hits a backhand return in her win with No. 1 doubles partner Alex Johnson at River Falls last Thursday. Knight and Johnson posted a 6-4, 6-4 win to help Hudson earn a 5-2 Big Rivers conference victory.1 / 2
Junior Sydney Squires returns a shot in her No. 2 doubles match at River Falls last Thursday. Squires and Julia Douglas rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.2 / 2

The Raider girls' tennis team rolled to six straight victories last week, including a pair of Big Rivers Conference wins over Chippewa Falls and River Falls.

Hudson blanked Chippewa Falls 7-0 at home last Tuesday before beating River Falls, 5-2, Thursday on the road. Friday and Saturday they picked up four more wins at the Big Rivers Conference/Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge in Eau Claire.

At the tournament, which featured five singles matches and four doubles, the Raiders defeated Wausau East, 5-4, and Marshfield, 6-3 Friday before beating Rhinelander and D.C. Everest by identical 8-1 scores Saturday.

"Obviously the girls have been playing well," head coach Dave Dahl said. "To come away with six wins this week is quite an accomplishment. I'm real proud of the way these kids battle. We don't really have the skill to just show up and blow teams off the court, but these girls have got an awful lot of fight in them and that has carried this team. Effort is contagious. They all want to do their part to help the team."

Leading the charge last week was the No. 2 doubles team of Julia Douglas and Sydney Squires, who went 6-0 including straight set wins over Chippewa Falls and River Falls.

The Raiders' No. 1 doubles team of Bailey Knight and Alex Johnson won five of six matches, as did No. 3 doubles tandem MacKenzie Uecker and Kate Johnson and No. 2 singles player Emily Schertz.

Kelsie Hines went 4-2 on the week while Meaghan Buechler, at No. 5 singles, and Kendra Little and Lauren Peterson, at No. 4 doubles, all won four times at the BRC/WVC Challenge over the weekend. No. 3 singles player MacKenzie Murphy and No. 4 singles player Rachel Knops both contributed three wins.

Dahl said he likes the way the Raiders are playing right now.

"Top to bottom, I'm really pleased with this bunch," he said. "They realize every time out though, they have to prove themselves all over again. They finish one challenge and I know right away look forward to the next one."

The Raiders next challenge will come this weekend at the BRC Tournament at Eau Claire North. Hudson was 4-1 in BRC play, 16-6 overall, heading into this past Tuesday's final conference dual match of the season against Eau Claire North.

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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