Westwood Patriots already 2-1: Westwood wins pair, Ishpeming loses tough 5-3 decision to Iron Mountain on 2nd day of girls tennis season

Ishpeming's MaKenzee VanBuren swings for a return during a doubles match against Iron Mountain in high school girls tennis at the Ishpeming Playgrounds on Thursday afternoon. (Journal file photo by Corey Kelly)

ISHPEMING — Westwood swept a pair of home meets while Ishpeming lost both of its matches in a triple dual set of high school tennis meets that included Iron Mountain on Thursday morning.

The closest of the three meets was the Mountaineers’ 5-3 victory over the Hematites where Ishpeming won at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles and lost a pair of singles matches in three sets.

The Patriots also blanked the Hematites 8-0 while Westwood prevailed over IM 7-1.

Marquette took an 8-0 victory over Gladstone in a meet not previously listed on the schedule.

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Westwood No. 1 singles player Tessa Leece returns a shot during a high school girls tennis meet against Ishpeming at the Patriots' courts on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Sandy Maki)

Iron Mountain 5, Ishpeming 3

At Ishpeming, the Hematites’ duos of Berkli Asgaard and Willow LaChapelle at No. 2, Marissa Neveau and Bailey Peterson at No. 3 and MaKenzee VanBuren and Emily Quayle at No. 4 all prevailed.

Asgaard and LaChapelle had the toughest match, beating IM’s Megan Garvaglia and Bella Brown 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.

In addition, Ishpeming’s No. 1 singles player, Madison Pruett, fell 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 11-9 to IM’s Jordan Stoner, while the Hematites’ No. 3 singles player, Rhianna Kjellman, fell 4-6, 6-1, 10-4 to IM’s Arianna Morel. Each third set was played in a pro-style tiebreaker.

Ishpeming gets back on its home courts against Gwinn at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Westwood 8, Ishpeming 0

At Westwood, the Patriots completed the sweep when No. 3 singles player Kaylee Larmour prevailed in three sets over Audrey Stetson, 6-4, 6-7, 10-5.

Westwood lost just 17 games in the other seven flights, though several were hard fought. That included a 6-0, 7-5 win by the Pats’ No. 1 doubles duo of Aubrie Magnuson and Karlie Patron over Korey Kaukola and Rylee Ring, and a 6-2, 6-2 win by No. 1 singles player Tessa Leece over Pruett.

“We got off to a pretty good start … and were able to carry the momentum through both matches,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said.

Westwood plays at the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday morning, then is off until 11 a.m. Wednesday when the Patriots host Marquette.

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Westwood 7, Iron Mountain 1

At Westwood, the Patriots improved to 2-1 on just the second day of the season after winning every flight but No. 1 doubles.

But Westwood lost just one game total over the other doubles flights while having to prevail twice in tiebreakers in singles for a quartet of two-set sweeps there.

That included Madelyn Koski winning the No. 1 singles match 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) over IM’s Stoner and Jenna Wealton at No. 3 singles winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 over Arianna Morel.

“Tessa and Madelyn both played at No. 1 singles,” Jackson said about his team’s two meets on Thursday. “It’s going to be a good battle between the two to see who ends up playing No. 1 singles.”

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Marquette 8, Gladstone 0

At Gladstone, in a match just recently added, Marquette didn’t complete the sweep until the Redettes’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Sydney Kivi and Ashlee Tripp needed three sets to stave off the Braves’ Sydney Herioux and Taylor Trudeau 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4.

MSHS lost just 21 games over the other seven flights, the toughest coming at No. 4 doubles, where Kaeleigh Talbacka and Sydney McCarthy fended off Emily Marenger and Kate Matthews 6-4, 6-4.

The Redettes return home for an 11 a.m. Monday match against Kingsford.

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