After only four days of tennis practice, of which three comprised tryouts for team selections this season, the Hudson Raider tennis team is off and running for 2019 in a Madison Tournament. Because of the Raiders terrific season a year ago, where all 10 players on the varsity team moved on from Sub-sectional to Sectional play, the Raiders were invited to two elite invitational tournaments, the first of which was this first weekend of the new season in Madison for the I-94 Challenge Tournament. Four teams from West Central Wisconsin were invited, including Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial, Madison Memorial and Madison West. Those four schools faced four of the best teams from the Milwaukee area, including Marquette, Nicolet, Homestead and Brookfield Central.
Two shining spots for the Raiders were at the top with senior Captain, Tyler Grosz, at #1 Singles, along with his younger brother, sophomore Jacob Grosz both going undefeated at 4-0 each over the two days. Knutson said of the Grosz brothers, “These guys exemplify the axiom that ‘you get out of it, what you put into it’. Ty and Jacob both work year round on fitness and tennis with lessons, and numerous USTA tournament opportunities outside the High School season. As good as they both were last year, they have both made tremendous gains in their play and abilities and it showed this weekend.”
Other bright spots for Hudson in their first action of the season came from Kade Nickerson, who at the #4 Singles spot won 3 of his 4 matches. And Luke Johnson went 2-2 for Hudson playing in one doubles match and three singles matches in the #3 position for the Raiders.