NEGAUNEE – Negaunee broke Westwood’s doubles dominance en route to a 6-2 high school girls tennis victory on Wednesday.
After the Patriots won seven of eight doubles matches in a pair of dual meets a day earlier, the Miners (5-0) put together three wins with their two-person units, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory posted by Faith Toutant and Alexis Hill over Westwood’s Aubrie Magnuson and Olivia Kierzek.
“Faith and Alexis have started the year strong at (No.) 4 doubles and they’re at their best when aggressive,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. “They played well. We’re improving each time out, I think, and that’s the goal.”
The teams split their three-set matches – Westwood prevailed at No. 2 singles when Marissa Carello posted a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win over Jenna Sager, while Negaunee won at No. 2 doubles as Kalli Mattson and Katrina Turecky pulled out a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win over Paige Rivard and Cayla Ostola.
Both teams were back on the courts this morning, Westwood hosting Ishpeming and Negaunee at Marquette.
Munising 7, Escanaba 1
At Escanaba, the Mustangs completed a busy schedule leading up to the Labor Day break with a match that included a trio of three-set matches and three that had sets that went to tiebreakers.
One match had one of each – the Munising No. 1 doubles tandem of Bailey Downs and Marissa Immel prevailed 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2 over Escanaba’s Darby Beckson and Heather Bergstrom.
“I’m very happy with our players’ mental toughness,” MHS coach Rod Gendron said. “When we travel every day and a number of girls playing other sports, too, our girls are keeping their heads in the game, win or lose.”
Munising never plays a home match due to lack of facilities in Alger County.
Mustangs’ No. 1 singles player Frankie Mattson pulled out a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win over Hannah Beversluis, while the No. 4 doubles tandem of Lilly Gendron and Taylor Downs took a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Maddy Ide and Alison Sommers.
The No. 2 doubles team of Abi Brown and Sydney McInnis and No. 3 doubles duo of Taletha Witty and Kianne Wendt finished off two-set victories by winning in a tiebreak in set No. 2.
West Iron County 7, Ishpeming 1
At Iron River, No. 4 singles player Madison Pruett was the Hematites’ highlight, needing well over two hours to stave off West Iron’s Kolbi Laturi, 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-3.
“Madison was down 5-1 in the first set and 3-1 in the third set before she came back,” Ishpeming coach Erl Langness said. “I also thought Jordan Christian was really good in her second set.”
Christian, playing No. 3 singles, lost 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) to the Wykons’ Izzy Hoogenboom.
Gladstone 8, Gwinn 0
At Gwinn, the Modeltowners’ Jordan Girard and Taylor Jancsi won the most games playing No. 1 doubles in their 6-4, 6-1 loss to Kara Salo and Paige Loehr.
“We have a number of young players and I can see a bright future for this team,” Gwinn coach Darcia Mattson said.
The Modeltowners’ Molly McCarthy and Raina Humphrey also took four games in their No. 3 doubles match, while Kori Kevern at No. 2 singles and Megan Brinker and Joleigh Martinez at No. 4 doubles each won three games.
Gwinn was hosting Iron Mountain this morning.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.