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Prep girls tennis: Kingsford takes Great Northern Conference tennis title

Marquette finishes third

September 26, 2013
By BURT ANGELI , Iron Mountain Daily News

KINGSFORD - The Kingsford Flivvers, looking as dominant as past champions, romped to the Great Northern Conference girls tennis title Wednesday.

The Flivvers, with all eight flights seeded No. 1, came away with seven top singles and doubles honors.

"We won seven of eight flights," Kingsford Coach Mark Shanks said. "That's a solid day. I was really happy all day."

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Marquette’s Madalyne Connon reached the No. 1 singles finals Wednesday in the Great Northern Conference girls tennis tournament at Kingsford. Flivvers’ Hannah Tresedder outlasted the junior 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)

The Flivvers, unbeaten in dual meets this season, tallied 47 points to repeat as champions.

Escanaba, 31, which thwarted a Flivver sweep with the No. 3 doubles crown, claimed second place over Marquette, 28. Menominee, 24; Gladstone, 22, and West Iron County, 17, rounded out the tourney field.

"Kingsford lived up to being the favorite," Escanaba Coach Denny Lueneberg said. "They've had a nice season and they deserve it. They put in the time through the years."

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Great Northern Conference meet

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TEAM SCORES - Kingsford 47, Escanaba 31, Marquette 28, Menominee 24, Gladstone 22, West Iron County 17.

Championship matches and 3rd-place finishers

SINGLES - 1. Hannah Tresedder, K, def. Madalyne Connon, Mqt, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2; Third - Johanna Snowden, E. 2. Janay Walters, K, def. Lauren Parrett, G, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; Third - Laura Slavsky, Mqt. 3. Santina Bianco, K, def. Bridget Becker, G, 6-0, 7-6 (4); Third - Kiki Piwarski, West Iron County. 4. Katy Hicks, K, def. Allison Odea, Men, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4; Third - Hannah Beversluis, E.

DOUBLES - 1. Anna Shanks-Kate Lamy, K, def. Olivia Berquist-Shelby Gregoire, E, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Third - Brianne Buhl-Taylor Rovin, Mqt. 2. Ali VanRemortel-Jaelyn Jennings, K, def. Audrey Wilson-Breanna Dault, E, 6-4, 6-4; Third - Amanda Gray-Mackenzie Verbeke, Mqt. 3. Emily LaFave-Olivia LaForest, E, def. Megan VanPembrook-Taylor Jacobson, K, 7-5, 7-5; Third - Mikayla Kewely-Jade LeMay, Men. 4. Abby Johnson-Kelsey Bennett, K, def. Brenna Leafers-Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer, Mqt, 6-2, 7-5; Third - Madison McDonnell-Ali Christian, Men.

Eight seniors dot the Flivver starting lineup including No. 1 singles champ Hannah Tresedder. She grabbed the first set over Marquette's Madalyne Connon, lost the second set on a tiebreaker after building a big lead and came back in the third.

"It was a little frustrating," said Tresedder, who held a 5-2 lead in the second set and dropped the tiebreaker 8-6. "But I just told myself to calm down, take a breath and get in the third set.

"I just had to slow down and concentrate a little more."

Tresedder, who snared the GNC No. 2 singles title last year, encountered a much improved Connon from earlier in the season. The Marquette junior played a lengthy semifinal before meeting Tresedder.

"I was just trying to play out points and when I had the chance to put it away," Tresedder said. "I would come to the net, stay with her and try to wear her out. But she did really good job. I give her credit."

The Flivvers swept singles as No. 2 Janay Walters downed Gladstone's Lauren Parrett; No. 3 Santina Bianco spilled Bridget Becker of Gladstone, and freshman Katy Hicks prevailed at No. 4 over Menominee's Allison Odea.

Kingsford bested Escanaba for the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles titles. Anna Shanks and Kate Lamy needed three sets to upend Olivia Berquist and Shelby Gregoire, while Ali VanRemortel and Jaelyn Jennings clipped Audrey Wilson and Breanna Dault.

The Eskymos' Emily LaFave and Olivia LaForest hung for a 7-5, 7-5 decision on the Flivvers' Megan VanPembrook and Taylor Jacobson for the No. 3 doubles championship. Abby Johnson and Kelsey Bennett of Kingsford triumphed over Marquette's Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer at No. 4 doubles.

Kingsford hosts the U.P. Division 1 tournament next Wednesday. The Flivvers will be up against Mid-Peninsula Conference champion Negaunee.



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