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The Wildcat girls tennis team may not have picked up any wins at subsectionals, but that doesn't mean there weren't some highlights last Monday, Oct. 2, in Eau Claire.

The Cats' senior No. 1 doubles team of Olivia Kittleson and Elizabeth Radosevich were pitted against one of the top doubles teams in the state from Eau Claire Memorial, and despite losing by scores of 6-2, 6-0, gave the Old Abe duo all they could handle.

"It was one of their best matches of the season and it was so fun to watch them play and compete against that type of level," Wildcat coach Chad Forde said. "The joy and excitement they showed in that match was a great way to send off two seniors."

Forde said sophomore Grace Wachtler also put up a good fight in her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Menomonie's Corinne O'Dell at No. 4 singles.

"It is always fun to see the opposing coach start showing up more during breaks in the match once they realize it is closer than they were expecting," Forde said. "Grace definitely put that fear in her opponent and it was promising for the next two years seeing Grace get in a player and coach's head like that."

Senior Gina Filkins gave Chippewa Falls' Sarah Altman a battle in their first set before losing the match of her high school career, 7-5, 6-1,. In all eight seniors played their final match for the Wildcats, but Forde said the future looks bright.

"We only have five juniors and a huge cohort of freshmen and sophomores, so, we really have a great opportunity to make River Falls High School girls tennis a tough program to beat. With such a huge change and transition with the program this year, we definitely had some growing pains, struggles, and even some frustrations with the new expectations put in place. However, we have a great group of returning players that understand the new culture and have bought into the change and can really do some amazing things in the next two to three years."

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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