Marquette netters post another decisive victory over Escanaba

Westwood, Ishpeming girls also earn wins

Mollie Kilpela of Marquette springs up to return a shot against Escanaba’s Jacey Moreau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Escanaba High School at No. 2 singles. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Dennis Grall)

ESCANABA — The Escanaba girls were unable to win any flights in an shutout high school girls tennis loss at Marquette last month.

Sophomore Jacey Moreau broke through for the Eskymos this time, enabling them to avoid a shutout in a 7-1 loss to the Redettes Tuesday.

“Marquette is a very good team,” Esky coach Chris Ogren said. “Most of our matches were closer today than they were in August. Jacey Moreau lost in three sets in August, but was able to win in three sets today. Our team has improved a lot and I’m hoping we continue to improve through the remainder of the season.”

Moreau defeated Mollie Kilpela 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles on this sunny and mild afternoon, securing the victory on a shot which stayed on Kilpela’s side of the net.

Kilpela led 2-1 in the third set, then double-faulted on a pair of serves, leaving the score tied at 2.

“I think the momentum started to turn when she double-faulted,” Moreau said. “I also started to gain some confidence. She’s pretty good, but I was able to make some adjustments this time. It’s fun playing her. I think playing her makes me better.”

Senior Heather Bergstrom continued her transition from doubles, which she has played for three years, while dropping a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Elyse Olivier at No. 1 singles.

“She’s real good,” Bergstrom said about Olivier. “Their whole team is real good. This has definitely been a learning experience, but I have improved all season. We got a lot of good points with each other. This is very different from doubles, but I’m a competitive player. I like the challenge of it.”

Marquette again swept the doubles with the most competitive match taking place at No. 2 in which Carly Sandstrom and Kennedy Tate took a 6-4, 6-3 decision from juniors Allison Sommers and Maddy Ide.

Esky resumes at Kingsford Thursday.

Westwood 6, Kingsford 2

At Kingsford, the Patriots are now 10-3-1 in dual matches this season after sweeping signles matches against the Flivvers and taking two out of four doubles contests.

Westwood swept singles with wins from juniors Madelyn Koski, Tessa Leece, Kaylee Larmour and freshman Jillian Koski. Madelyn Koski defeated Kira Peters 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 while Leece topped Lizzie Cross 6-2, 6-0 in No. 2. At No. 3 singles, Larmour topped Jessica Tomasoski 6-6 (5), 6-4 while No. 4 saw Jillian Koski top Karlee Hulkkonen 6-0, 6-1.

Westwood’s doubles wins came in the No. 3 and No. 4 slots. At No. 3, the team of juniors Katelyn Anttila and Meghan Johnson topped Valerie Richtig and Rylee Papp 6-0, 6-3 while No. 4 saw sophomores Jenna Wealton and Claire Gilles beat Baily Johnson and Anna Murvich 6-2, 6-2.

Kingsford’s only match wins came in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, with the team of Grace Lorenzoni and Mackenzie Schuamilen defeating junior Karlie Patron and sophomore Ellie Miller 6-3, 6-3 in No. 1, while Annie McCole and Teagan Petschar topped seniors Aubrie Magnuson and Haley Mattila 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2.

Westwood goes to Iron Mountain Thursday while Kingsford hosts Escanaba. Both matches are slated for 4 p.m.

Ishpeming 8, Gwinn 0

At Gwinn, the Hematites made a clean sweep of the Modeltowners earning all singles and doubles wins on Tuesday.

In singles, at No. 1, senior Madison Pruett topped senior Taylor Jansci 6-2, 6-1 while senior Sophie Hooper defeated junior Joleigh Martinez 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 slot. Senior Audrey Stetson overcame junior Karlee Walker 6-1, 6-3 in No. 3 while senior MaKenzee VanBuren beat senior Megan Brinker 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.

In No. 1 doubles, the team of seniors Korey Kaukola and Rylee Ring topped juniors Raina Humphrey and Kadie LaRock 6-2, 6-3 while No. 2 featured junior Berkli Asgaard and senior Willow LaChapelle topping junior Janaya Newton and senior Kaitlyn Hughes 6-2, 6-3. In No. 3, seniors Rhianna Kjellman and Emily Quayle beat the team of junior Martina Hedlund and sophomore Destinee Stanton 6-2, 6-2 while No. 4 was a win by default for the team of juniors Bailey Peterson and Marissa Neveau.

Gwinn hosts West Iron County on Thursday while Ishpeming goes to Marquette. Both are scheduled for 4 p.m.

Additional information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.