The River Valley Wildcats have gone 1-6 in their past seven tennis meets.
On Sept. 12, the Wildcats hosted Martin County West, where they were defeated 1-6. The lone win for River Valley came from a pair of freshmen at No. 3 doubles where Sam Walter and Madison Hoffman picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win.
On Sept. 13, River Valley hosted Maple River where the Wildcats took their third win of the season.
The win didn’t come easy for River Valley, as the Wildcats won four matches to three. Kalyn Haas won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, while the rest of the singles squad lost to allow the Eagles to take a 3-1 lead. But the No. 1 doubles duo of Erika Ries and Natalie Stevens, along with No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Johnson and Carissa Evers tied it 3-3 after winning their respective matches in straight sets. Finally, it was the young team of Sara Haugo and Madison Hoffman who got the final win of the day for River Valley at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-4, 6-2.
The Wildcats got a good look at what state tournament caliber tennis is like when they traveled to St. James on Sept. 14. The morning began with a 1-6 loss against USC, who is ranked tenth in the state. Johnson and Evers picked up the only match win for River Valley at No. 2 doubles.
Next was the No. 4 ranked team of Rochester Lourdes, who swept the Wildcats 7-0. All matches were straight set losses, with River Valley only winning a total of 17 games against the Eagles.
The last match of the afternoon was against the No. 3 ranked team of St. James. Once again it was a 7-0 defeat.
On Sept. 16, the Wildcats traveled to Arlington to take on Sibley East where they came out on the short end with a 1-6 loss. The Wolverines swept the singles matches and in straight sets. Johnson and Evers got the only win for River Valley after they won in a close 7-6, (9-7) 6-3 match at No. 2 doubles.
The next day, River Valley traveled to United South Central for a rematch against the Rebels, only to lose 0-7. The only set won for the Wildcats was from the No. 2 doubles team of Johnson and Evers. They were able to control the first set and won 6-4, but lost their momentum as they lost the next two sets 3-6.
The Wildcats are now 3-13 on the season. River Valley Coach Bradd Goede said despite all of the most recent losses, his team is gaining valuable experience against these tougher teams.
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“As we gain more experience I expect some of those losses to turn around,” Goede said. “But right now we need to keep battling and not lose confidence as we are still playing some pretty good tennis.”