Westwood, Ishpeming bounce back from difficult losses; Negaunee just keeps winning

ISHPEMING — Westwood bounced back from a shutout at the hands of Negaunee a day earlier to post a pair of 8-0 sweeps in high school girls tennis action on Thursday.

Ishpeming also bounced back from an early-morning loss to the Patriots for its own 8-0 victory that afternoon.

The Miners kept rolling Thursday at Marquette, while Munising was clipped at Escanaba on Wednesday.

These teams take a holiday break until Wednesday afternoon, when Negaunee is at Ishpeming, Gwinn is at Westwood and Munising is at Marquette.

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Westwood 8, Ishpeming 0

At the Ishpeming Playgrounds, the Patriots needed a third set just once, though another flight wasn’t determined until a tiebreaker went Westwood’s way after a 6-6 standoff in the second set.

The three-setter was won by the No. 2 doubles tandem of Aubrie Magnuson and Haley Mattila over Sophie Hooper and Willow LaChapelle, 6-2, 4-6, 10-2.

And the second-set tiebreaker was won the No. 1 doubles duo of Karlie Patron and Katelyn Anttila over Korey Kaukola and Rylee Ring, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

“This is the point of the season where everyone has a good idea of what they need to do to get better,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said.

The Westwood coach was also happy with the play of his No. 1 singles player Madelyn Koski in a competitive 6-4, 6-4 win over Madison Pruett.

“Madelyn made some adjustments and came from behind in the second set to beat Madison,” Jackson said.

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Westwood 8, Ironwood 0

At Westwood, the Patriots dropped just seven games to run their record to 6-3.

Sweeps of 6-0, 6-0 were posted by Koski, No. 3 singles player Jenna Wealton, No. 4 singles player Jillian Koski, No. 2 doubles pair of Magnuson and Mattila and No. 4 doubles duo of Meghan Johnson and Claire Gilles.

“It is always good to have everyone win heading into the Labor Day weekend,” Jackson said. “Everyone can take a break and regroup for the start of the school year.”

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Ishpeming 7, Ironwood 1

At the Ishpeming Playgrounds, the Hematites bounced back nicely in the afternoon, especially in singles where they lost just four games. Those dominant players were No. 1 Pruett, No. 2 Sophie Hooper, No. 3 MaKenzee VanBuren and No. 4 Rhianna Kjellman.

Ishpeming was tested more severely in the first two flights of doubles, with tougher wins posted by Kaukola and Ring at No. 1 and LaChapelle and Berkli Asgaard at No. 2.

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Negaunee 6, Marquette 2

At Marquette, the Miners improved to 7-0 by winning three of four flights in both singles and doubles.

Those wins didn’t come without some difficulty, highlighted by No. 1 singles player Abby Nelson outlasting Marquette’s Elysa Olivier 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“Abby played one of the grittiest singles matches I’ve seen here,” Negaunee head coach Kyle Saari said. “She’s such a fighter and she won’t give up on any point. It says a lot about the type of person she is and how she came off the court after winning today and still wants to improve.”

On the Marquette side, coach Derek Sandstrom seemed a bit frustrated at the result.

“Tough day — I thought we played well at times, but we let too many opportunities slip away,” the Redettes coach said.

MSHS was able to post wins by No. 2 singles player Mollie Kilpela over Maci Aho, 6-4, 6-3, and by the No. 1 doubles tandem of Sydney Kivi and Ashlee Tripp over Julia Johnson and Mykenna Kontio, 6-4, 6-0.

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Escanaba 7, Munising 1

At Escanaba on Wednesday, the Mustangs got their lone win at No. 1 singles, where Taylor Downs defeated the Eskymos’ Heather Bergstrom 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

The Mustangs came closest to a another win at No. 3 singles, where Maddy Mishica prevailed over Munising’s Chantelle Harger 7-5, 6-3.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.