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Westwood sweeps Ishpeming, Ironwood in tennis

Negaunee also wins while Gwinn, Marquette fall

August 22, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - Taking all four doubles matches, the Westwood High School girls' tennis team dropped host Ishpeming Tuesday, 6-2.

Ironwood also traveled east to play both these schools, effectively making it a triple dual set of meets. The Patriots got by the Red Devils, 7-1, while Ironwood defeated the Hematites, 6-2.

In the Westwood-Ishpeming match, Sarah Massie led the Patriots with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Gabby Croley at No. 1 singles.

Jaime Olson and Melanee Bess of Ishpeming responded with victories at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, Olson outlasting Westwood's Caitlin Hewitt 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 10-5.

"She played 4 hours of tennis today," IHS head coach Erl Langness said of Olson, who also dropped a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 decision to Ironwood later in the day.

"That's more than any normal high school athlete plays in a day. She's just really consistent and moves her opponent well."

At No. 1 doubles, Westwood's Kara Harrington and Alexis Forchini defeated Ishpeming's Taylor Croley and Jordann Grigg, 7-5, 6-0.

Against Ironwood, Bess and Molly Pruett at No. 4 singles picked up victories for the Hematites. Pruett topped Kelsey Hagan, 6-2, 6-1.

In the Westwood-Ironwood meet, the Pats won every matchup in straight sets except at No. 1 doubles, where Harrington and Forchini registered a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win. Westwood's loss also went three sets as the No. 3 doubles tandem of Shana Caliguri and Rachel Anderson fell 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

"We are at the end of a point in our schedule where we play seven times in six days," WHS coach Chris Jackson said. "It has given us an opportunity to see how different people respond in our lineup."

Negaunee 8, Gwinn 0

At Gwinn, the Miners won every match in straight sets with the stage set by Negaunee's Abbi Kill at No. 1 singles and Allison Carlson at No. 2.

"Our singles have started strong and it helps having a nice No. 1 and No. 2 like Abbi and Allison," Miners coach Kyle Saari said.

At No. 1 doubles, Negaunee's Ashley Anderson and Mandi Grasso turned back Taylor Aho and Haylee Lakenen, 7-6 (3), 6-1.

"This is a much improved Gwinn team and they have some athletes in their lineup you can tell played a bit over the summer," Saari said. "It's good to see."

Kingsford 6, MSHS 2

At Marquette, the Redettes were unable to overcome a strong Kingsford squad.

The Flivvers' Sam Fleming outlasted Marquette's Madie Gardiner, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 1 singles, but at No. 2, the Redettes' Hannah Johnson turned back Hannah Tresedder, 6-3, 7-5.

"Both No. 1 and 2 singles were terrific matches," MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. "The results in either could have been reversed."

At No. 3 doubles, Marquette's Madalyne Connon and Brianna Buhl beat Megan VanPembrook and Abby Johnson, 6-1, 6-1.

"Our No. 3 doubles continues to dominate," Sandstrom said.



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