Redettes, Miners, Patriots post sweeps

MARQUETTE — Seasonably mild conditions set up for a perfect day to play tennis, which five area schools did on Monday afternoon.

Marquette swept Kingsford 8-0, as did Westwood over Gwinn and Negaunee over Escanaba, while Ishpeming fell to Gladstone 7-1.

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Marquette 8, Kingsford 0

At Marquette, the Redettes won every match in straight sets except at No. 4 doubles, where Sydney Kivi paired up with a new partner, Bre Sandstrom, to come back and defeat the Flivvers’ Haley Bubloni and Cassie Barglind, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

“The girls did a great job on the courts,” MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. “I was especially pleased with how sharp the singles girls played.

“At (No.) 4 doubles, Sydney did a great job with another new partner. They got off to a slow start in the first set, but Syd took over and they rolled.”

Led by Hannah Swajanen at No. 1, Marquette’s four singles players lost just 11 games in all.

The Redettes play in the Great Northern Conference meet on Thursday morning at Escanaba.

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Westwood 8, Gwinn 0

At Westwood, the Patriots dropped just 12 games in the eight flights as both teams get ready for the Mid-Peninsula Conference meet to be held Wednesday morning at Iron Mountain.

“It is nice to have everyone go into the season-ending tournaments with a win,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said. “We will have to be at our best to give ourselves a chance to win. The girls have improved over the season and are looking forward to the challenge.”

Westwood No. 1 singles player Marissa Carello pulled off a 6-0, 6-0 win over Gwinn’s Taylor Jancsi, while the Pats’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Karlie Kargela and Tess Perrow won 6-2, 6-0 over the Modeltowners’ Molly McCarthy and Raina Humphrey.

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Negaunee 8, Escanaba 0

At Escanaba, the Miners prepared for the M-PC meet with a sweep as they dropped just one set in No. 1 singles player Megan Syrjala’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback victory over Taylor Gauthier.

“Megan showed a lot of grit to pull out her third set,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. “She played a lot of defense and hit some nice angles when needed.”

In the other seven flights, the Miners lost just 25 games as they improved to 11-0 this season, moving their individual match record to 81-7 in those meets.

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Gladstone 7, Ishpeming 1

At Ishpeming, the Hematites got their victory at No. 2 doubles, where Korey Kaukola and Rylee Ring slipped past the Braves’ Hannah Sharon and Shelby Martinucci 7-5, 6-0.

In addition, two of Ishpeming’s losses went to three sets — at No. 3 singles, Gladstone’s Natalie Hansen fended off the Hematites’ Lexi Lyke 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, while at No. 1 doubles, the Braves’ Taylor Trudeau and Sydney Herioux felled Ishpeming’s Jadyn Andriacchi and Kassidy Pirkola 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Both teams will be at the M-PC meet on Wednesday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.