Singles sweep powers Munising tennis team

By Journal Sports Staff

ISHPEMING – Munising used a sweep of singles and a close victory at No. 1 doubles to edge out Westwood 5-3 in a girls high school tennis meet held at the Patriots’ courts on Friday afternoon.

The Mustangs’ Bailey Downs and Marissa Immel squeaked out a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Mady Mattias and Averie Kangas at No. 1 doubles to go with wins across singles – by Frankie Mattson at No. 1, Marissa Ackerman at No. 2, Kelsea Ackerman at No. 3 and Kennedy Tate at No. 4.

“This was a good match,” MHS coach Rod Gendron said. “We were solid in singles, but Westwood was athletic and got to the ball quicker in most of the doubles matches.”

Westwood coach Chris Jackson also agreed it was a competitive meet.

“We were close to scraping out a tie against a very solid team,” Jackson said. “I like how our lineup is competing; we need to focus on getting better every day.”

Gendron characterized the meet as a good test between these two teams along with West Iron County for who has the best chance at the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 2 finals in not quite three weeks.

The Patriots chalked up their wins in straight sets in doubles by Paige Rivard and Cayla Ostola at No. 2, Madelyn Koski and Tessa Leece at No. 3 and Erin Paavo and Aubrie Magnuson at No. 4.

“Paige and Cayla put together a great effort at (No.) 2 doubles in their win,” Jackson said. “They played with a sense of urgency.”

Westwood (4-3-1) is back in action at 4 p.m. Monday hosting Gladstone, while Munising returns to the courts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, also against Gladstone but on the road.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is