Marquette Redettes sweep Escanaba in high school girls tennis, Ishpeming and Munising blanked

MARQUETTE — The Marquette girls tennis team picked up a win on the first day of the season Wednesday in a dominant 8-0 sweep of Escanaba.

Elysa Olivier at No. 1 singles, Mollie Kilpela at No. 2, Kennedy Tate at No. 3 and Natalie Robinia at No. 4 each earned easy two-set wins for the Redettes. However, the doubles side of the match was more competitive.

In the No. 1 match, Marquette’s Ashlee Tripp and Sydney Kivi notched a hard-fought win over Esky’s Abby Knudsen and Jasmine Clark, 7-6, 6-4, but the tightest match was at No. 2. After dropping the first set, the Redettes’ Carly Sandstrom and Campbell Kallio outlasted the Eskymos’ team of Maddy Ide and Alison Sommers by winning the next two, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Marquette takes the rest of this week off before hosting Kingsford at 11 a.m. Monday.

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West Iron County 8, Ishpeming 0

At Ishpeming, the Hematites suffered a rough start, winning multiple games in just five sets during the eight contested matches.

Ishpeming’s No. 4 doubles tandem of Emily Quayle and MaKenzee VanBuren got off to a good start against West Iron’s Madison Berutti and Aurora Dahl, losing its first set 7-5 before succumbing in two sets.

In addition, Hematites’ No. 2 singles player Sophie Hooper put up a good fight, falling 6-2, 6-3 to WIC’s Colbi Laturi.

Ishpeming was set to continue today with another two matches in a round-robin set of duals with Westwood and Iron Mountain. The Hematites were traveling to Westwood at 9 a.m., with Westwood facing IM at 11 a.m. and Ishpeming playing the Mountaineers at 1 p.m. with IM coming to play at the Marquette County teams.

After that, Ishpeming hosts Gwinn at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Kingsford 5, Munising 0

At Kingsford, the visiting Mustangs were shorthanded without a No. 4 singles player.

Because of multiple matches being played at Kingsford — the Flivvers also blanked Iron Mountain 6-0 and lost to Menominee 5-0 — each set started at 2-2 and no third set was played, so some matches could end in ties.

Among the contested matches, Flivvers’ returning No. 1 singles player Stephanie List defeated Munising’s Taylor Downs 6-2, 6-4.

One of the matches that ended as a tie was between the Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles players of Chantelle Harger and Makayla McNally and KHS’ Annie McCole and Grace Lorenzoni.

Results of others matches weren’t available.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Iron Mountain Daily News. Email Stieg or Brownlee at sports@miningjournal.net.