Netters pick up first BRC winIt took nine days to complete, but the Wildcat girls’ tennis team picked up its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season last week, 6-1, over Chippewa Falls.
By: Bob Burrows, River Falls Journal
It took nine days to complete, but the Wildcat girls’ tennis team picked up its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season last week, 6-1, over Chippewa Falls.
The match started way back on Aug. 31, but was suspended due to rain. The two teams picked up where they left off Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Cats rolling to the 6-1 victory.
The win came two days after River Falls dropped a 7-0 decision to perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial. The Old Abes have won or shared the conference championship for 16 straight years and are undefeated in BRC play this season.
The Cats had to work hard to pick up their 6-1 win over Chippewa Falls, with three matches going the full three sets before ending up in River Falls’ favor.
Sam Langer posted a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles and Andrea Osberghaus earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win at No. three singles while Haley Zimmerman and Kristen Finstad battled back from a tough 5-7 loss in the opening set at No. 2 doubles to win the next two sets and the match, 6-3, 6-2.
Other Wildcat wins came from Claire Helling, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Alix Ambur and Sandra Meyer, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Roxie Fusilier and Mariah Kaiser, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.
The Cats only loss to the Cardinals came at No. 4 singles, where Meghan Erickson dropped a 7-6, 6-3 decision.
Earlier in the week Ambur and Meyer played tough in a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Eau Claire Memorial and Kaiser and Fusilier battled to a 6-3, 6-3 loss to the Old Abes, who won all seven matches in straight sets.
The Cats will compete in the New Richmond Invitational Saturday and host Rice Lake Tuesday, Sept. 21, before the BRC Tournament Saturday, Sept. 25, at Eau Claire North.
See more sports in the Sept. 15 print edition of the River Falls Journal.