The Osceola Chieftain tennis team put together an impressive Middle Border conference team win at Mondovi before falling to a powerful New Richmond Tiger squad in a home contest. These were the first two Middle Border conference matches of the season for the Chieftains.
Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen has been busy scrambling with her 25 player roster. Her team lineup is in flux and will be for a few more weeks until she sees which players will come to the top. The lineup that Friedrichsen used at Mondovi resulted in a big 5-2 Chieftain win. Osceola split their two singles matches with Kaitlin Schachel winning (6-3, 6-2) in the No. 2 spot and Brecken Styles winning (6-4, 1-6, 6-1) a three set thriller at No. 4.
Osceola swept the doubles matches with Paige Dvorak and Maddie Jensen (6-2, 6-2) taking care of business in the No. 1 spot.
“Paige and (my) win against Mondovi really kicked the season into gear,” Jensen said. “Everyone did an amazing job and I think as we progress though the season, the team will really start to come together with so much support. With support comes great playing and amazing wins.”
Jam Dannenmueller and Ella Salewski (6-2, 6-3) won in straight sets at No. 2 and Rachel Olson and Kathryn Marek (6-0, 6-0) completed the doubles sweep in the No. 3 spot.
“It was a great week for OHS tennis,” Chieftain coach Friedrichsen said. “Our trip to Mondovi was a huge success. It was fun to see the kids play so well and get our first conference win under our belt. Mondovi is usually pretty close in comparison with us, so it was nice to get a win against them.”
The match against New Richmond was not as successful for the Chieftains nor was it surprising. The Tigers have big numbers in their program with several athletes pushing for varsity spots. New Richmond swept Osceola by a 7-0 team score with all matches completed in two sets.
“Then (we played) New Richmond and they are really the perennial powerhouse,” Friedrichsen noted. “We did not just sit back and take our lickings. We learned a great deal about how to be better and what to do next time, which is great because we (had) two big days of tennis in Altoona this (past) weekend. The girls are all playing so well and we are hitting our stride with the doubles teams and the singles are all so close in ability. It is a really fun season.”