Layne Neuenfeldt, left, and Abby Cody hold up the gold medals they won for finishing undefeated as a team at No. 2 doubles at the Lodi Quadrangular.
Layne Neuenfeldt, left, and Abby Cody hold up the gold medals they won for finishing undefeated as a team at No. 2 doubles at the Lodi Quadrangular.

   Breck Speers knew that powerhouse Kohler would present a tough challenge for his Ripon High School girls’ tennis team Tuesday.

   And while the Tigers were unable to pick up any victories in the road dual, the Ripon head coach liked what he saw from his players.

   “I have seen us play Kohler twice before and our girls seemed to feel intimidated in years past. Not so today,” Speers said. “We were there in every match. We were competitive. The girls fought out the points: a lot of deuces, a lot of ad[vantage]s. I think at every court, our opponents were tried. They had to step it up a gear. In fact, I heard the Kohler coach tell his No. 1 ‘You’re going to have to step it up,’ and they were able to do that. But our girls played well. We were proud of them.”

   Ripon won 12 games in the dual, which are four more victories than it managed last year against the Blue Bombers.

   The No. 1 doubles team of Hadley Neper and Elle Lewis managed the most wins for the Tigers in any set, winning three in the first. It was blanked 0-6 in the second.

   Winning the most games in a match for Ripon was the No. 2 doubles team of Layne Neuenfeldt and Abby Cody. It won two games in each set to fall 2-6, 2-6.

Read the full story, which includes information on the Lodi Quadrangular and a dual match against Sheboygan Falls, in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.