Lily Marquand with a backhand return.

By Brett Hart

Contributing Writer

New Richmond proved why it is the Middle Border Conference favorite in girls tennis this year as it shut out a strong Amery squad 7-0 on Sept. 5.

"Although we didn't win a match, the girls played some of their best tennis this season against a very strong team," said Amery Coach Tanya Julson. "The energy and effort the Warriors showed was remarkable."

Sophie Whitley had her stamina put to the test, as her No. 2 singles match with Ariana Devereaux lasted 3 and a half hours.  Whitley won the first set, 7-6 (1), but lost the next two 3-6, 4-6.

"She battled many long points and games," Julson said. "Her focus and mental game was amazing."

Hailey Clausen also had a close match at No. 3 singles, winning the first set 6-4 before falling 1-6, 5-7 to Izzy Brinkman.

"Clausen moved her opponent around the court, hitting the opening and making her run down many shots," Julson said.

The No. 4 singles match between Deidra Meyer and New Richmond's Alanna Knutson started in similar fashion, with Knutson taking the first set 7-6 (9-7). But the second set was all Knutson, 6-0.

"No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles played many close points and games," Julson said. "Their matches were much closer than the score would show. New Richmond was able to get the important points to win the games."

Drew Meyer lost the No. 1 singles match to Mia Bakke, 1-6, 2-6. Autumn Rivard and Hanna Bottolfson were defeated by Katey Eickhoff and Teresa Tenner at No. 1 doubles, 3-6, 1-6.

Much like the No. 4 singles match, Amery's No. 3 doubles team started strong, but New Richmond took over in the second set. Lily Marquand and Alaina Rivard lost to Rhea Warner and Onalie Dennis, 5-7, 0-6.

At No. 2 doubles, Reese Benware and Lidia Curtis were defeated by Brogan O'Flanagan Sophie Fuchs, 2-6, 1-6.

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