MARQUETTE - Coming off a 7-1 loss the day before to host Kingsford, the Marquette Senior High School girls tennis team didn't want to see a similar result at home Tuesday against Munising.
The Redettes made sure they didn't.
Winning all four doubles matches, MSHS (5-2) knocked off the Mustangs, 6-2, in the first match of a doubleheader for both.
Marquette Senior High School’s Maddie Gordiner volleys back to Munising’s Jenna Hach during a match at the Shiras tennis courts on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
The Redettes also beat West Iron County, 6-2, at the Shiras courts while Munising lost to the Wykons, 6-2, in later matches Tuesday.
Maddie Gardiner got the ball rolling for Marquette (4-2) by turning back Jenna Hach, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1 singles.
"I wasn't totally on my 'A' game, but I returned a lot," Gardiner said. "I relied more on my consistency than my aggressive shots."
Hach moved Gardiner all over the court, but made some mistakes that allowed Gardiner to win.
"She hit some corner shots and I missed a few of those," the MSHS senior said. "She came to the net a lot and I lobbed the ball over her head a few times."
Said Marquette head coach Derek Sandstrom: "Maddie's game is to run the ball down and make her opponent make mistakes. She did that today."
At No. 1 doubles, Kate Garrow and Sam Schwemin rallied to defeat Sheena Sowa and Megan McLaren, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-5.
"I was really happy to see my No. 1 doubles come back," Sandstrom said. "They're slow starters, but got back into hitting to win."
Bright spots for the Mustangs (0-7) were at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, where Emily DesJardins and Katie Immel, respectively, won their sets.
"I like to be patient when I play, so I do a lot of long strokes," DesJardins said. "I'm too timid sometimes to go to the net, especially today. My opponent (Mallory Asano) could overhead smash very well.
"I just didn't want to lose today. My coach (Rod Gendron) has been working with me on some things and I wanted to see if they worked."
Immel outlasted Marquette's Eliza Annelin, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-6.
"Katie had a tough match," Gendron said. "I'm happy she was focused at the end to pull it out."
Gendron added his Mustangs are improving every time out.
"I was happy with the effort today. There were a lot of closes matches," he said.
"We're getting better the more competition we play."
Marquette 6, WIC 2
At Marquette, the Redettes improved to 5-2 by sweeping the doubles matches, with Madalyne Connon and Laura Slavsky aiding the effort with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Brittanie Barry and Sydnie Mazurek at No. 2.
WIC's Kylee Erickson dropped Maddie Gardiner, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Wykons teammate Haley Anderson posted a triumph at No. 3.
But Hannah Johnson and Danielle Nestor made up for those losses for Marquette with victories at No. 2 and 4 singles, respectively.
WIC 6, Munising 2
At Marquette, Munising's Emily DesJardins finished off a 2-0 day by beating West Iron County's Haley Anderson at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-4.
"She really knows how to compete," Mustangs coach Rod Gendron said. "Emily plays to win, and makes good adjustments during matches."
The Mustangs garnered their other win at No. 1 doubles, where Sheena Sowa and Megan McLaren dropped the Wykons' Mallory Tomasoski and Olivia Han, 6-2, 6-1.
Munising also lost a hard-fought three-set match at No. 2 doubles as Adele Gendron and Sadie Cornish fell in a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-5 decision to WIC's Brittanie Barry and Sydnie Mazurek.
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