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Marquette, Westwood netters breeze to wins

MARQUETTE — The first time this year’s Marquette Senior High School varsity girls tennis team faced Escanaba, the Redettes won a 7-1 road decision to open the season in August.

History repeated itself on Tuesday afternoon, with MSHS again earning a 7-1 win, this time at home.

The Redettes swept the doubles flights while also earning wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles.

“It was a nice match with some really close action in doubles,” Marquette head coach Derek Sandstrom said. “All of the teams improved today. I was impressed by Haddie (Ketzenberger) at No. 4 singles. The last time she played Esky, it went three sets. She’s really improving.”

Ketzenberger faced the same opponent she did in the first meeting with the Eskymos, Amber Yang, who she defeated in August 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Ketzenberger made it a two-setter on Tuesday, winning 6-2, 6-1.

Elysa Olivier claimed the top singles flight for the Redettes by defeating Jasmine Clark 6-0, 6-0, while Mollie Kilpela topped Jacey Moreau 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

The Eskymos’ lone win came at No. 3 singles, with Ukiah Penegor defeating Hannah Young 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

The team of Ryleigh Jackson and Kennedy Tate took the top doubles flight with a 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 victory over Esky’s Maddy Ide and Alison Sommers. Breanne Sandstrom and Sydney McCarthy topped Anna Branstrom and Laura Sliva in a three setter 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 6-4.

At No. 3, Ruth Hummell and Zoey Brian also went three sets with Madison Mishica and Gracie Wickham, defeating them 6-0, 3-6, 6-2, while the team of Julianna Golisek and Alyson LaBelle topped Rylee Kuehl and Ashley Sylvester in two sets 6-2, 6-1.

Westwood 8, Kingsford 0

At Westwood, it was two-setters across the board for the Patriots.

“It was a beautiful day for tennis,” Westwood head coach Sarah Massie said. “These girls have had a lot of court time so far this week, having played Escanaba and Gladstone (on Monday). I was happy to see them come out and play with the energy that they did.

“Jenna Wealton and Madi Koski showed some mental toughness in their second sets where they both had to battle. Jenna was down 5-2 in the second set before coming back to win 7-5. I was proud of how they both responded when faced with a little adversity.”

Wealton took No. 4 singles 6-2, 7-5 over Kingsford’s Lizzy Cross, while Koski claimed No. 1 singles over Stephanie List 6-3, 7-5.

In the middle singles matches, No. 2 Tessa Leece topped Teagan Petschar 6-0, 6-1, while No. 3 Jillian Koski was victorious over Jessica Tomasoski 6-0, 6-2.

There were no problems at doubles for the Patriots, either. No. 1 Katelyn Anttila and Karlie Patron topped Bailey Johnson and Anna Murvich 6-1, 6-0, while No. 2 Meghan Johnson and Ellie Miller were victorious over Valerie Richtig and Karlee Hulkkonen 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 3, Avery Mariuzza and Emily Nelson defeated Myranda Golla and Maggie Menghini 6-4, 6-3, while No. 4 Claire Gilles and Natalie Prophet downed Liz Penegor and Jenna Olkkanen 6-1, 6-3.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.