Young doubles solid: Revamped doubles tandems come through in Marquette’s 8-0 girls tennis win over Gladstone

Ryleigh Jackson returns a ball in the No. 1 doubles match with partner Kennedy Tate of Marquette against Marnnea LaFave and Olivia Saari of Gladstone on Thursday in a high school girls tennis meet held at Marquette Senior High School. (Journal photo by Amy Grigas)

MARQUETTE — Despite a turnover in its doubles lineup, Marquette dropped just one set and didn’t lose a match in an 8-0 high school girls tennis victory over visiting Gladstone on Thursday.

The Redettes’ No. 4 doubles tandem of Julianna Golisek and Alyson LaBelle won 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 over Gladstone’s Emma Wagner and Taelor Zeise for the closest call.

“All the girls in doubles are playing with new partners or are new to the varsity,” MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. “And our doubles is pretty young, so I’m quite happy with that result.”

At the top end, the No. 1 Marquette team of Kennedy Tate and Ryleigh Jackson won 6-1, 6-3, while No. 2 Breanne Sandstrom and Sydney McCarthy won 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Ruth Hummell and Zoey Brian were 6-1, 6-2 victors.

In singles, No. 1 Elysa Olivier won 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 Mollie Kilpela won 6-1, 6-4, No. 3 Campbell Kallio won 6-1, 6-1 and No. 4 Haddie Ketzenberger won 6-1, 6-0.

The Redettes play at Kingsford at 11 a.m. EDT Monday.


Westwood 8, Ishpeming 0

At Ishpeming, the Pats dropped just five games in the seven contested matches, a day after Westwood slipped past defending Upper Peninsula Division 1 defending champion Negaunee.

The Hematites’ best showing was at No. 3 doubles, where Emily Vial and Ella DeMarius took three games from IM’s Avery Mariuzza and Natalie Blanck in a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

In Westwood’s other match, the Pats blanked Iron Mountain 8-0, though details weren’t available.


Iron Mountain 8, Ishpeming 0

The No. 2 doubles tandem of Emma Poirier and Berkli Asgaard took IM to three sets as the Mountaineers’ Danika Juul and Aziza Bogan won 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4.

In addition, Vial and Stille took a half-dozen games from the IM No. 3 doubles tandem of Megan Garagli and Nebyajah Kinbrora.

Next up for Ishpeming is a match at 4 p.m. Monday at Gwinn, while Westwood is at Marquette at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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