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Prep girls tennis: Ishpeming, Westwood, Marquette post victories heading into Wednesday’s conference championship meets

September 24, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming High School girls tennis team will head into Wednesday's Mid-Peninsula Conference Championships on a high note after defeating Gladstone, 5-3, in a nonconference home match.

The Hematites (5-7 overall) posted three singles victories in straight sets with Gabby Croley winning at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4; Jamie Olson winning at No. 2, 6-2, 7-6 (6); and Lindsey Thompson winning her No. 4 match, 6-4, 6-2.

"Singles played well," IHS head coach Erl Langness said. "It was an overall strong performance from Gabby and Lindsey."

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Ishpeming High School’s Libbie Doney returns a shot to her Gladstone opponents during a No. 1 doubles match Monday at the Ishpeming Playgrounds. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

The Hematites split with the Braves in doubles play with Kaylee Ronn and Chloe Stetson winning their No. 2 match, 6-4, 6-1. Krista Almli and Katie Harrison posted a win at No. 3, 6-3, 7-5.

"Our second doubles improved as the games progressed," Langness said. "It was a good day for IHS tennis."

Westwood 8, Gwinn 0

ISHPEMING - The Patriots swept the Modeltowners, with only Megan Chapman's 6-7 (4), 6-4, 11-9, victory over Gwinn's Brooke Luokkala at No. 1 singles going beyond two sets.

Courtney Beauchamp at No. 2, Faith LeRoy at No. 3 and Rachel Anderson at No. 4 all posted singles victories for WHS in straight sets, though Beauchamp needed a tiebreaker to win her second set.

In doubles, Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri won at No. 1, Gabby Hebert and Caitlin Hewitt combined to win the No. 2 match, Lacey Pietro and Olivia Derocha teamed up for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 while Emily Carlson and Jaimee Ferris were victorious at No. 4 to improve the Patriots to 10-4 heading into Wednesday's M-PC meet.

"Megan and Courtney kept their composure in two close matches at one and two singles," WHS coach Chris Jackson said. "Lacey and Olivia have put together a solid season that includes only one loss.

Marquette 6, WIC?2

IRON RIVER - The Redettes head into Wednesday's Great Northern Conference Championships in Kingsford on a nonconference victory after taking three singles and three doubles matches at West Iron County.

Madalyne Connon at No. 1, Laura Slavsky at No. 2 and Eliza Annelin at No. 3 all posted straight-set victories in singles play.

In doubles, Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin won at No. 1, Amanda Gray and Mackenzie Verbeke were victorious at No. 2 while Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer walked away with a three-set win at No. 4.

"It was a true homecoming for Madalyne at one-singles and I thought she played well," said MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom. "She was able to focus in a tough environment."



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