ESCANABA - Marquette opened its high school girls tennis season with a pair of victories on Monday in Escanaba, edging the host Eskymos 5-3 and then turning back Menominee 6-2.
The Redettes had double winners at two singles and two doubles flights, each match decided in straight sets - at No. 2 singles, junior Hannah Johnson; No. 3 singles, senior Mallory Asano; No. 3 doubles, sophomore Madalyne Connon and junior Brianna Buhl; and No. 4 doubles, junior Mackenzie Verbeke and senior Danielle Nestor.
Just missing a double win was No. 4 singles player Eliza Annelin, who played the only three-set matches Marquette was involved in Monday.
Marquette Senior High School No. 1 singles player Madeline Gardiner returns the ball back to Escanaba’s Codi Jenshak on Monday in?Escanaba. Jenshak won the match, 6-0, 6-0. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Justin Marietti)
The sophomore defeated EHS' Olivia LaForest, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, before losing to Menominee's Jessica Nutter, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-8.
"I was really happy with Eliza, since these were her first singles matches and they were on the road," MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. "She came back against Escanaba after losing the first set. I think in the second match she was just gassed by the end."
Sandstrom also lauded No. 1 singles player Madeline Gardiner, who was coming off an ankle injury and split her matches.
The Redettes host Kingsford at 11 a.m. today, then travel to Gladstone for an 11 a.m. match Thursday.
Westwood 6, WIC 2
At Westwood, tiebreakers were needed four times, twice in the deciding third set of matches won by the Patriots.
In fact, at No. 2 doubles, back-to-back tiebreakers were needed before Westwood's Taryn Moyle and Megan Chapman outlasted West Iron County's Brittanie Barry and Sydnie Mazurek, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4).
"There were a lot of very close matches ... that will help the younger players get used to playing in tough situations," WHS coach Chris Jackson said.
The other decisive tiebreaker came at No. 1 singles, where the Patriots' Sarah Massie held off WIC's Kylee Erickson, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).
In addition, the No. 1 doubles tandem of Kara Harrington and Alexis Forchini used a first-set tiebreaker for a straight-sets win, while teammates Katie Rankinen at No. 3 singles, Katelyn Harrington at No. 4 singles and Shana Caliguri and Rachel Anderson at No. 4 doubles were also winners in two sets.
Westwood hosts Ironwood at 2 p.m. today and Negaunee at 11 a.m. Wednesday.