MARQUETTE - A pair of area schools had to scramble to pull out ties in high school girls tennis meets held Friday, while Ishpeming didn't fare so well in a home meet against West Iron County.
Westwood 4, Iron Mountain 4
At Westwood, the Patriots won two of the three matches that were extended to three sets, taking a trio of singles matches and one more in doubles.
Westwood No. 4 singles player Katie Rankinen volleys back during the final set of her tennis match win at the Patriots’ courts in Ishpeming on Friday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Ishpeming No. 1 doubles player Jordann Grigg volleys during her match she won with partner Taylor Croley at the Hematites’ courts on Friday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
WHS coach Chris Jackson was particularly pleased with two of his singles players.
"Caitlin Hewitt won a tough match at No. 2 singles in her best match I've ever seen her play," he said. "(No. 4) Katie Rankinen picked up her first varsity win along with some much-needed confidence."
Hewitt dropped the first set before overcoming IM's Katie Brule, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Rankinen was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Emily Chang.
Up next on the courts:
Monday - Munising at Negaunee, 11 a.m.; Marquette at Escanaba, 11 a.m.
Tuesday - Westwood at Ishpeming, 10 a.m.; Kingsford at Marquette, 11 a.m.; Negaunee at Gwinn, 11 a.m.; Ironwood at Ishpeming, noon; Ironwood at Westwood, 2 p.m.
No. 1 singles player Sarah Massie also won, beating the Mountaineers' Laurie March, 6-2, 6-1, while the Pats' doubles win came at No. 3 as Lacie Pietro and Gabby Hebert outlasted Katie Tefft and Alyssa Hood, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
In addition, Westwood's No. 2 doubles tandem of Taryn Moyle and Megan Chapman lost a tough 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 match to IM's Alli Jastremski and Ellie McCole.
Negaunee 4, Escanaba 4
At Negaunee, the Miners showed off its depth, losing both No. 1 matches, sweeping the No. 4 ones and splitting at Nos. 2 and 3.
"This was a good battle with another good team to get things rolling," Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. "We'll still likely be shuffling some things around, searching for some chemistry in doubles while seeing who can remain mentally strong."
In singles, No. 2 Allyson Carlson, No. 3 Kayla Hakala and No. 4 Dana DeBretto lost just six games between them and got help from the No. 4 doubles pairing of Kaylee Ronn and Sarah Paquette to forge the tie.
Also, Negaunee's No. 3 doubles team of Kylee Taavola and Jordyn LaFreniere extended Escanaba's Audrey Wilson and Brianna Dault to three sets before succumbing, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
W. Iron Cty. 7, Ishpeming 1
At Ishpeming, Taylor Croley and Jordann Grigg posted the lone win of the day for the Hematites in their first action of the season.
Croley and Grigg rallied from a 3-0 first-set deficit to defeat West Iron County's Malorie Tomasoski and Olvia Han, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles.
Ishpeming coach Erl Langness said four Hematites played in their first varsity match Friday after a rainout Thursday, with freshman Jessica Panhale stepping in at No. 3 singles. She fell in straight sets to WIC's Haley Anderson, but Langness said she did well.
"It was our first match after only a week of practice," Langness said. "It being our first match and this being their third match, that makes a difference."
Thursday's postponed match with Ishpeming hosting Gwinn has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday.