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River Falls' Orville Black hits a backhanded return in his match with partner Sid Young at No. 1 doubles in the Cats' Big Rivers Conference match against Chippewa Falls last Thursday at the high school courts. Black and Young posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory to help the Cats sweep the doubles competition on their way to a 4-3 win. <i>Bob Burrows photo</i>

Netters post two straight wins

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The Wildcat boys' tennis team received strong efforts from its three doubles teams while posting a pair of victories over Chippewa Falls and Amery in its last two matches.


The Cats swept the doubles competition in their Big Rivers Conference opener last Thursday against the Cardinals and picked up a win from Alex Huset at No. 4 singles to give them a 4-3 victory.

This past Monday, all three doubles teams notched victories again and River Falls picked up three more wins in singles play to post a 6-1 victory over Amery.

Last Thursday against the Cardinals, Orville Black and Sid Young posted a 6-4, 6-4, win at No. 1 doubles, Evan Schumacher and Curtis Hanson won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, and Alex Haskins and Tom Fusilier played to a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3.

Huset clinched the team victory with a 6-1, 6-4 score at No. 4 singles. The Cats nearly picked up a fifth point but Richard Leber came out on the short end of a hard-fought 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-4 score at No. 3 singles.

All three doubles teams won in straight sets Monday against Amery and Huset earned a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles. Leber played his second straight three-set match, this time coming out on top by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, while sophomore Joe Kagan notched his first varsity win, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

"The doubles teams all played well," Wildcat coach David Markson said. "Orville and Sid made a nice adjustment after dropping the first set; Curtis and Evan improved to 4-0 and Tom and Alex Haskins won their second straight since teaming up. Richard at No. 3 singles played his second straight marathon tree-setter, this time coming out on top."

The Cats hosted Onalaska this past Tuesday and return to BRC action Thursday, May 2, at Eau Claire North before hosting Durand, South St. Paul and Minneapolis Edison at the River Falls Quad Saturday, May 4, beginning at 9 a.m.

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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