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Raider tennis keeps up strong play

The Raider boys' tennis team continued its strong play against Big Rivers Conference competition last week with a 7-0 sweep over Chippewa Falls on Thursday.

Earlier in the week the Raiders dropped a 6-1 nonconference decision to perennial Minnesota powerhouse Woodbury while later in the week they turned in a strong performance at the Old Abe Sweet 16 Tournament hosted by Eau Claire Memorial.

This week the Raiders returned to Eau Claire Tuesday, May 12 for their final BRC dual of the season at Eau Claire North, and will compete in the BRC Championship tournament Saturday, May 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in River Falls.

Last Thursday Hudson improved to 9-2 overall, 3-1 in the BRC, with a 7-0 sweep of Chippewa Falls.

Vitor Linhares defeated Max Docksey, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Max Hawksford defeated Justin Reed, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. At No. 3 singles, Zach Blum rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Dan Magyar, while at No. 4, Saajan Bhakta beat Tyler Eckwright, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles competition, Josh Szyman and Eric Kromer defeated Bryan Dean and Teagan Warrick, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1; Stephen Hilding and Joe Hanson defeated Metej Zampa and Dan Frennette 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2; and Nick Yannarelly and Ryan Hines beat Jasper Arneberg and Kyle Herbenson, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.

The week started off with Hilding and Hanson accounting for the lone Raider point in a 6-1 loss to Woodbury on Monday. The pair defeated Ben Wortman and Rob McNamara, 6-4, 6-1.

"Woodbury has a very strong team this year, and even though they defeated us by a score of 6-1, the matches were close and the Raiders played well," Hudson coach Jon Hilding said. "Special congratulations to Joe Hanson and Stephen Hilding for picking up the lone win."

Saturday at the Old Abe Sweet 16 Invite, the Raiders picked up a third place and two fourth-place finishes in doubles play.

The Raiders' top finish came at No. 4 doubles, where Ben Duerst and Will Gaumitz teamed up to take third. Hanson and Hilding placed fourth and No. 2 doubles and Yannarelly and Hanes finished fourth at No. 3 doubles while Blum took fifth at No. 3 singles and Jim Setzer won the consolation title at No. 4 singles.

"Again, the Raiders performed well against very stiff competition," Hilding said. "I was pleased with the effort and excited that in doubles we were able to gain a third and two fourth-place finishes. Excellent work."

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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