Negaunee Miners girls tennis team nearly meets their match at West Iron County

IRON RIVER — The Negaunee High School girls tennis team may have met their matches, but they’ve come from Division 2 teams in the Upper Peninsula.

Keyed by a pair of three-set victories, the Miners pulled out a 5-3 win at West Iron County on Monday, their second straight victory over a U.P. D-2 team after felling Westwood 7-1 on opening day Wednesday.

“We’ve played two solid teams to start and now we just have to continue building on our strengths,” NHS coach Kyle Saari said.

It just happened that the Patriots and Wykons tied for the team title at the Kingsford Invitational on Friday against several D-1 teams like Kingsford, Menominee and Escanaba.

On Monday, WIC and Negaunee (2-0) split the doubles flights, each match decided in two sets, while the Miners prevailed in three of four singles flights, two that went down to a third set.

At No. 2, Negaunee’s Maci Aho prevailed over Colbi Laturi 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0, while at No. 4, the Miners’ Lilly Nelson bounced back against Livea Mazurek 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

“This was a really fun (meet),” Saari said. “Maci played terrific in a tight situation in the second set and then really played with confidence to finish it off.

“Really, all of our singles, Abby, Jill, and Lilly played hard, too.”

At No. 1, Negaunee’s Abby Nelson won 6-1, 6-4 over Katarina Serbentas, while at No. 3, the Miners’ Jillian Skewis took out Izzy Hoogenboom 6-4, 6-1.

Negaunee gets right back on the courts this morning, hosting Ishpeming at 11 a.m.

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Ishpeming 8, Gwinn 0

At Ishpeming, the best contested match came in a three-set No. 3 singles match as the shorthanded Modeltowners were unable to field players at No. 4 singles and doubles.

The Hematites’ No. 3 singles player MaKenzee VanBuren defeated Gwinn’s Karlee Walker 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

At No. 3 doubles, the Modeltowners won six games as Ishpeming’s Marissa Neveau and Bailey Peterson won 6-3, 6-3 over Martina Hedlund and Destinee Staton.

In the four No. 1 and No. 2 matches, Ishpeming dropped just 11 games.

Gwinn is scheduled to play at Iron Mountain today at a time to be determined.

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Marquette 7, Kingsford 1

At Marquette, the Redettes swept the singles matches, losing just eight games, while also posting two-set wins in the three doubles flights it carried.

Kingsford’s lone victory came in the meet’s only three-set match, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory posted by the No. 2 doubles tandem of Teagan Petschar and Annie McCole over Marquette’s Carly Sandstrom and Natalie Robinia.

Among the MSHS winners were No. 1 singles player Elysa Olivier over Stephanie List, 6-0, 6-2, and No. 1 doubles duo of Sydney Kivi and Ashlee Tripp over Grace Lorenzoni and Mackenzie Schwamlien, 6-3, 6-1.

The Redettes host West Iron County at 11 a.m. today.

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