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Prep girls tennis: Negaunee sweeps Gwinn to remain perfect

September 18, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - Staying undefeated in dual meets this season, the Negaunee High School girls tennis team blanked visiting Gwinn on Tuesday, 8-0.

With the win, Upper Peninsula Division 1 defending co-champion NHS is now 10-0 in dual meets on the season.

Abbi Kill at No. 2 singles helped pave the way for the Miners by beating Maddie Forrester, 6-2, 6-0.

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Negaunee High School’s Amanda Washnock runs up to return a shot back to her Gwinn opponents during a doubles match Tuesday at the NHS tennis courts in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

"Abbi is continuing to play well for us at No. 2 singles and gives us some senior leadership," Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. "Kylee Taavola does the same for us at No. 2 doubles."

Taavola and doubles partner Hanna Kantola turned back Alli Johnson and Emma Hohman, 6-0, 6-0.

Marquette 4, Escanaba 4

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Prep girls tennis

Marquette 4, Escanaba 4

SINGLES - No. 1, Madalyne Connon (M) def. Johanna Snowden, 7-6 (6), 6-0; No. 2, Anna Burch (E) def. Laura Slavsky, 6-4, 4-6. 7-5; No. 3, Eliza Annelin (M) def. Kayla VanPortfliet, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2; No. 4, Hanna Beversluis (E) def. Taylor Swajanen, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-0.

DOUBLES - No. 1, Brianna Buhl/Taylor Rovin (M) def. Olivia Berquist/Shelby Gregoire, 6-0, 6-4; No. 2, Audrey Wilson/Breanna Dault (E) def. Amanda Gray/Mackenzie Verbeke, 6-0. 6-4; No. 3, Olivia LaForest/Emily Lafave (E) def. Mallory Grugin/Madison Rieboldt, 6-0, 6-3; No. 4, Brenna Leafers/Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer (M) def. Paige Lancour/Mary Houle, 6-3, 6-0.

Negaunee 8, Gwinn 0

SINGLES - No. 1, Allison Carlson (N) def. Brooke Luokkala, 6-0. 6-1; No. 2, Abbi Kill (N) def. Maddie Forrester, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3, Angie Ring (N) def. Hayley Lakenen, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4, Dana DeBretto (N) def. Payton Luokkala, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES - No. 1, Amanda Washnock/Jessa Johnson (N) def. Nastya Nikulina/Anja Wiedenhoefer, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2, Kylee Taavola/Hanna Kantola (N) def. Alli Johnson/Emma Hohman, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3, Elly Kantola/Lauren Anderson (N) def. LeAnn Brinker/Paula Vincent, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4, Kassy Harsila/April Walimaa (N) def. Rileigh Erickson/Lorraine Vandermate, 6-0, 6-0.

Kingsford 7, Westwood 1

SINGLES - No. 1, Hannah Tresseder (K) def. Megan Chapman, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2, Janay Walters (K) def. Courtney Beauchamp, 7-6 (5), 6-0; No. 3, Santina Bianco (K) def. Faith LeRoy, 6-1, 6-3; No. 4, Katy Hicks (K) def. Rachel Anderson, 6-2, 6-1.

DOUBLES - No. 1, Anna Shanks/Kate Lamy (K) def. Katie Rankinen/Shana Caliguri, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2, Ali VanRemortel/Jaelyn Jennings (K) def. Gabby Hebert/Bridget Wood, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3, Lacey Pietro/Olivia Derocha (W) def. Megan VanPembrook/Taylor Jacobson, 6-4, 7-5; No. 4, Abby Johnson/Kelsey Bennett (K) def. Jamie Ferris/Emily Carlson, 7-5, 6-0.

At Marquette Tuesday, the host Redettes and Escanaba High School split both the singles and doubles competition to finish in a 4-4 tie.

Madalyne Connon at No. 1 singles turned back the Eskymos' Johanna Snowden, 7-6 (6), 6-0, while Eliza Annelin added a triumph at No. 3 singles.

In doubles, Marquette's No. 1 duo - Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin knocked off Olivia Berquist and Shelby Gregoire, 6-0, 6-4.

Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer contribute a victory at No. 4 doubles for Marquette.

"We lost to Escanaba in August, 5-3, and were swept in doubles," MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. "So, were on the right track in doubles, for sure. No. 1 doubles played a great match.

"I'm pleased with the direction the girls are going," he added. "I'd like to see us carry some momentum into the (Great Northern) conference meet (Wednesday in Kingsford)."

Kingsford 7,

Westwood 1

At Ishpeming Tuesday, the host Westwood High School girls tennis team fell to Kingsford, 7-1.

"We had some good play today against a strong team in Kingsford," Westwood coach Chris Jackson said. "We will look to use this experience to get better as the season comes to a close."

Lacey Pietro and Westwood teammate Olivia Derocha at No. 3 doubles posted the Patriots' lone victory, a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Megan VanPembrook and Taylor Jacobson.

"Lacey and Olivia continued their strong play," Jackson commented.

One match went three sets, that coming in No. 1 doubles where Kingsford's Anna Shanks and Kate Lamy beat Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.



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