Redmen, Patriots netters tied 4-4
ISHPEMING — Everybody got a bit of satisfaction Thursday afternoon at the Westwood boys tennis meet against Marquette after the teams tied 4-4.
The host Patriots won at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles and Nos. 3 and 4 singles, including a default victory at No. 4 singles.
Marquette winners included Alec and Nick Olivier at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, with Alec continuing his perfect high school career with just one game lost to Westwood’s Adam Hyttinen.
Westwood got its contested singles win at No. 3 from Hudson Uren.
“Hudson moved over to No. 3 singles and played very consistently in his win,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said. “He’s a senior and has been a part of our team’s success.”
In doubles, the Pats’ Zach Niemi and Jacob Adriano carried the day at No. 1 doubles, needing a second-set tiebreaker to sweep Trevor Lewis and Connor Johnson.
“Jacob and Zach looked really good in their win,” Jackson said. “They took more chances and were rewarded.”
The Westwood No. 2 doubles tandem of Jack Mattias and Nathen Ostlund also won, as did Marquette’s Jack Franchino and Luke Ferzacca at No. 3 and Casey Yeadon and Alex Seitz at No. 4.
“Jack and Nathen moved up in the lineup … and played at a high level,” Jackson said.
Both teams will participate in the eight-team Negaunee Invitational on Saturday.
Negaunee 8, Iron Mountain 0
Negaunee 6, Kingsford 2
At Kingsford, the Miners didn’t have much trouble improving to 11-0 in dual meets this season, collecting 13 of their 14 individual match victories in straight sets.
The exception came in the Kingsford meet, where the No. 1 doubles pair of Jakson Sager and Drew Lindberg needed three sets to hold off Tyler Beauchamp and Reece Fortner, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
“Jakson and Drew have put a nice year together so far,” Miners coach Kyle Saari said. “This is their third year playing together and they know where each other is at all times.”
The only complete shutout of the day came at No. 4 doubles vs. Kingsford, where Tom Kinjorski and Erik Salminen put a 6-0, 6-0 blanking on Marcus Michaud and Cole Bracket.
“Tom and Erik’s experience at (No.) 4 doubles helps them each time out, too,” Saari said.
Even Negaunee’s two match losses came in three sets in the Kingsford meet.
In the day’s third match, Kingsford held off the Mountaineers 7-1.
The Miners host the Negaunee Invitational on Saturday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.