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Netters squeeze in two matches

The Wildcat boys' tennis team got a pair of matches in before winter's return last week, losing to Ashland 7-0 and beating Osceola 6-1 Tuesday, April 9, in Osceola.

The Cats' Big Rivers Conference opener against Chippewa Falls, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, was cancelled due to snow as was the two-day Wausau West Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The Chippewa Falls match has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in River Falls while the Wausau West Invitational will be played Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.

The Cats swept all four singles matches against the host Chieftains last Tuesday with William Tuchtenhagen posting a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 position, Derick Graves winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2, Luke Stang rolling 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and Chris Beadles winning by default at No. 4.

All three doubles matches went to tiebreakers with the Cats winning two of three. Matthew Chapin and Jack Dehne pulled out a 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 win at No. 1 and Jacob Boatman and Paul Lindall won 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 at No. 2. Indigo Meads and Hayden Rock bounced back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to win the second 6-3 before losing the tiebreak 11-9.

Graves and Stang lost tiebreakers at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, against Ashland, while Meads and Rock dropped a tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play a BRC dual at Eau Claire North this Thursday, April 18, before hosting Chippewa Falls Tuesday, April 23.

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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