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Netters top Chisago Lakes for first win

The River Falls girls tennis team posted its first win of the season, a 4-3 decision over Chisago Lakes, at the River Falls Quadrangular Aug. 20. The Cats lost to Hudson and Woodbury the same day.

Last Tuesday Red Wing defeated River Falls 5-2, while in the team's Big Rivers Conference opener on Thursday, freshman Martine Yohn picked up the only Wildcat win of the day as the Raiders defeated the Cats 6-1. A nonconference match against Ellsworth scheduled for last Friday was rained out.

After traveling to Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday, the Cats will return home to host Menomonie in a BRC match Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the high school courts.

All three doubles teams earned victories to spark River Falls to its first win of the season over Chisago Lakes.

Mandy Fusilier and Lisa Kucinski earned a 6-3, 7-5 win at the No. 1 doubles spot while Serena Swenson and Ellie Goff combined for a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 2. Lauren Oas and Becca Pingel split sets, 6-7 and 6-4, before earning the win by virtue of a 10-8 score in a super tiebreak.

"Hats off to Becca and Lauren for coming through under pressure," head coach Dave Markson said. "All the girls played well, even in defeat."

Yohn won both her matches at the quad, defeating Lucy Liu of Woodbury 6-1, 6-2 in a No. 2 singles match and moving up to No. 1 singles to defeat Emily Caneday of Chisago Lakes 6-2, 7-5. Also posting a win against Woodbury was Jen Quayle, who recorded a 6-1, 6-1 win over Crystal Teto at No. 4 singles.

Last Tuesday against Red Wing, Yohn posted a marathon 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Rose Alleva at No. 2 singles and Quayle earned a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Kayla Herling at No. 4 singles for the Cats' only wins on the day.

"Red Wing is a strong program and I'm very pleased with the way the girls competed," Markson said. "A couple of points here and there and we may have pulled off an upset."

In the BRC opener against Hudson last Thursday, Yohn improved to 7-1 in singles competition this season with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Annie Johnson but the Raiders defeated the Wildcats 6-1.

Amy Kolpin dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Megan Knutson at No. 2 singles and Sarah Schwalbach fell to Mackenzie Buelow, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot while Quayle lost to Ann Erickson 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4.

In doubles play, Fusilier and Kucinski lost 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 1 position and Carrie Zimmerman and Megan Carter fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 while Serena Swenson and Tara Hartenstein dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 3.

"Mandy Fusilier and Lisa Kucinski had some excellent moments against a Hudson pair that qualified for state last year," Markson noted. "Carrie Zimmerman and Megan Carter are a new team at No. 2 and will compete better as they adjust to each other and the doubles game. We'll continue shuffling the doubles a bit to see if we find some successful combinations."