MARQUETTE - A day after losing its opening match of the season, the Marquette Senior High School girls tennis team rebounded Thursday with a 5-3 triumph over visiting Gladstone.
The Redettes of coach Derek Sandstrom took three doubles matches en route to the triumph. Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin at No. 1, Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer at No. 3, and Amanda Gray and Danielle Jahnke at No. 4 all claimed victories.
"It was 3-3 with two matches still to be played," Sandstrom said. "Our No. 1 doubles came down to a third set, while at No. 3 singles, Eliza (Annelin) was down in her second set before coming back to win the match."
Marquette Senior High School’s Madalyne Connon hits the ball back to her Gladstone opponent during a match Thursday at the MSHS courts in Marquette. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Ishpeming’s Gabby Croley returns a shot against Iron Mountain in a No. 1 singles match Thursday at Kingsford. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)
Taylor Swajanen at No. 4 singles also won for the Redettes.
Wednesday against host Escanaba, MSHS dropped a 5-3 decision despite winning three singles bouts as the Eskymos prevailed in all four doubles matches.
Madalyne Connon and Laura Slavsky claimed singles wins at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for the Redettes.
"They played together at No. 2 doubles last year," Sandstrom said. "Both are playing well.
"Madalyne is now playing the best player of every team we play. She put a lot of work in over the summer and it's paying off."
Swajanen also posted a win at No. 4 singles for Marquette.
Iron Mt. 6, Ishpeming 2
At Iron Mountain, the Hematites (0-2) are in the midst of playing half their season - seven matches - this week and next.
"We don't get a chance to get a practice in with the way the meets are coming," IHS coach Erl Langness said.
He said while his singles lineup is set, which was where Ishpeming got both their victories Thursday, doubles is a work in progress.
One example was regular No. 1 doubles player Hailly Thompson, who is relegated to No. 4 while she's forced to play with the wrong hand due to a shoulder injury.
"It's amazing she can play at all that way," Langness said.
The Hematites' Jessica Penhale prevailed at No. 3 singles, beating IM's Abby Theisen, 6-2, 6-0, and teammate Lindsey Thompson at No. 4 singles in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Libby Brown.
The other two flights Ishpeming claimed the most games came at No. 1 doubles with Libbie Doney and Kaylee Ronn and No. 2 singles with Jaime Olson.
Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg and Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.