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Negaunee Miners girls tennis team just keeps rolling with 8-0 whitewash at Escanaba

ESCANABA — Negaunee put a goose egg on the board as it shut out Escanaba 8-0 in a high school girls tennis meet held Monday.

The Miners won every flight in two sets except for No. 3 doubles. In the other seven flights combined, NHS lost just 28 games.

The Escanaba No. 3 doubles tandem of Maddy Mishica and Gracei Wickham lost the first set 7-5 to Negaunee’s Shayla Williams and Madi Austin.

In the second set, the Eskymos trailed 4-1 before the pair found their groove, and Mishica and Wickham won five straight games to win 6-4.

However, the Miners (9-1) won three straight games in the third set on their way to a 6-2 win.

“No. 3 doubles did a great job of taking a set,” Esky coach Chris Ogren said. “They’ve been getting a little bit better every meet.”

At No. 1 doubles, Esky’s Maddy Ide and Alison Sommers kept pace with Negaunee’s Morgan Carlson and Katelyn Lammi in the first set. However, after tying at 2, the Miners’ duo won four straight to finish the set. Ide and Sommers briefly led at the beginning of the second set, 2-1, but Carlson and Lammi surged again to win five straight, the set and the match, 6-2, 6-2.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve cleaned up a couple things at doubles,” Miners coach Kyle Saari said. “We’re finishing more balls at the net, as a whole we’re more consistent at the baseline, and that’s what we really want to continue to do this week as we move toward the conference and then the U.P.s.”

Negaunee’s conference tournament, the Mid-Peninsula Conference, will be held Thursday morning at Westwood, while the Division 1 U.P. finals for both of Monday’s combatants in tentatively set for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Negaunee, Ishpeming and Westwood.

In singles on Monday, the Eskymos fell in straight sets in all flights.

“We weren’t perfect today, but we played well,” Saari said. “That puts us in a position to take that next step.”