Negaunee, Marquette roll to boys tennis wins

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee boys tennis team continued to roll Monday following its big victory at the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday.

The Miners blanked Westwood 8-0 Monday, not dropping a set the entire meet, to improve its dual meet record to 8-0.

“Coming off a strong weekend, it was important not to have any let down beginning the week,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. “We responded with a good team performance and took another step forward.”

The closest match came at No. 1 singles, where the Miners’ Chas Kumpula held off Adam Hyttinen 7-5, 6-2.

Westwood took six games at No. 3 doubles, where NHS’ Nathan Brundage and Preston Toutant prevailed over Jack Mattias and Nathan Ostlund 6-2, 6-4.

Among the flights where Westwood won five games were at Nos. 3 and 4 singles and No. 4 doubles, with Tom Kinjorski and Erik Salminen winning out over Austin Brewer and Ryan LaFountain 6-3, 6-2.

“Chas, and really all of our singles players, hit good balls,” Saari said. “We’re starting to finish points quicker in doubles, too. Tom and Erik continue to play consistent at (No.) 4 doubles.”

Both teams are back in action at 4 p.m. today, with the Patriots hosting Munising and Negaunee entertaining West Iron County.

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Marquette 7, Escanaba 1

At Marquette, the Redmen got six of their seven victories in straight sets.

Marquette’s only three-set win was at No. 4 singles, where the Redmen’s Ben Sternschuss held off Shaun Beauchamp 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The Eskymos’ lone victory came at No. 2 doubles, where Ryan Moreau and Jayger Lamarch downed Luke Ferzacca and Soren Higgins 6-4, 6-1.

MSHS No. 1 singles player Alec Olivier continued his high school career dominance, blanking Esky’s Christer Carne 6-0, 6-0, while his freshman brother Nick Olivier took No. 2 singles over Gunner Dlugas 6-2, 6-1.

Marquette also dominated at the high flights of doubles, with identical 6-1, 6-0 scores posted by Marquette No. 3 pair Beau Belkowski and Robert Apple over Garrett Johnson and Isaac Maki and by No. 4 duo Jack Franchino and Casey Yaden over Connor Smale and Joe Hubert.

Marquette remains home for a 3:30 p.m. match today against Menominee.

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West Iron County 8, Ishpeming 0

At Iron River, the Hematites moved to .500 in getting meets in, having played their fourth match while having four postponed.

But Ishpeming has yet to win one and could only manage to win four games in the seven contested matches against Upper Peninsula Division 2 power WIC.

Most of those games were won at No. 1 doubles, where the Wykons’ Caden Pellizzer and Andy Fredrickson prevailed over Ishpeming’s Joey King and Drake Sundberg 6-3, 6-0.

Also winning a game was the No. 4 doubles tandem of Landon Kiviniemi and Beau Mager, who fell 6-1, 6-0 to Dawson Rybicki and Tyler Upperstrom.

Up next for the Hematites is a 3:30 p.m. match today at home against Gwinn.

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