The Ripon High School girls’ tennis team put up a valiant fight at a few positions, but was only able to come away with one win during its home dual Monday against the Plymouth Panthers.
Halle Hadel accounted for that victory as the senior won her No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-1 to remain undefeated in conference play and 11-1 overall this season.
This marks the fourth time this season that she kept the Tigers from being shut out, and the third-straight conference dual doing so.
“Halle’s amazing,” Ripon head coach Breck Speers said. “She pulled out another victory; she’s still undefeated [in the conference] having beaten the top teams like Kohler, Waupun. Now she beat Plymouth, another top team; she also beat Kewaskum.”
While not able to pull off a victory, another strong performance for Ripon Monday afternoon came from the No. 1 doubles team of Lizzie Grewal and Emma Mott. The duo won a tight first set 6-4, but then dropped the second 3-6 and the third 7-6 on a 7-2 tiebreaker.
Lexi Tebon also had a chance to take momentum in her No. 2 singles match as she narrowly lost the first set 5-7, before falling more soundly in the second 2-6.
Hadley Neper ran into a Plymouth player at No. 1 singles, Alayna Wilderman, who has had Ripon’s number the last couple of seasons, and Wilderman continued her dominance as she beat the Tigers’ Neper 6-1, 6-1.
Also falling for Ripon in the conference dual were Kelly Rudolph at No. 4 singles (2-6, 0-6), the No. 2 doubles team of Lilly Schram and Emily Edinger (4-6, 2-6) and the No. 3 doubles team of Ella Altnau and Quinn Diedrich (2-6, 3-6).
The Tigers did pick up another victory at the junior varsity as Guimauve Engelschenchilt won her singles match 4-1, 4-0.
Rain washes away chance for Ripon to beat Kaukauna
The Tigers took a break from conference matches last week Thursday as they faced Kimberly and host Kaukauna in a triangular.
Ripon fell to a much larger Kimberly team 7-0, but were poised to potentially defeat Kaukauna before the rains came and washed away the competition.
The dual will not be finished.
In the meet with Kaukauna, the Tigers had dropped the three doubles matches, but won two of the singles matches and were in good position in the other two.
Tebon and Hadel won at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, while Neper was leading her No. 1 singles opponent 6-2, 6-5 and had the score at 30-love when it was called. Rudolph won her first set at No. 4 singles 6-4 and was in the process of trying to come back in the second as she was within 3-5 but was unable to get to chance to see if she could get the job done.
Dropping doubles matches for Ripon were the No. 1 team of Grewal and Mott (4-6, 5-7), the No. 2 duo of Schram and Edinger (4-6, 4-6) and the No. 3 tandem of Altnau and Diedrich (2-6, 2-6).
Against Kimberly, Ripon lost all seven matches in straight sets.
Putting up the biggest fight for the Tigers in the loss were Rudolph and the No. 2 doubles team of Schram and Edinger. They each won a combined five games, with Schram and Edinger being within 6-4 in the second set of their match.
Losing matches a little more decisively for Ripon against Kimberly were Neper at No. 1 singles (1-6, 1-6), Tebon at No. 2 singles (1-6, 2-6), Hadel at No. 3 singles (0-6, 3-6), the No. 1 doubles team of Grewal and Mott (0-6, 1-6) and the No. 3 duo of Altnau and Diedrich (0-6, 3-6).
Ripon closed out the regular season Tuesday night with a road dual against Kiel in a competition that finished after press time.
It then will get ready for subsectionals, which are set for Monday at 9 a.m. at Kohler.
Teams it will compete against include Howards Grove/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Kewaskum, Kiel, Kohler, Lourdes Academy, Saint Mary’s Springs and Sheboygan Falls.
Those who advance past that competition will compete in sectionals Wednesday at Kohler.