Marquette Redettes, Negaunee Miners girls tennis teams win impressively
MARQUETTE — The Marquette Senior High School and Negaunee High School girls tennis teams blew through the competition on Wednesday, each winning their home matches 8-0.
Marquette also went on the road Tuesday and blitzed Iron Mountain 7-1.
The Redettes have two more home matches this week against Negaunee at 4 p.m. today and Menominee at 4 p.m. Friday.
Marquette 8, West Iron County 0
At Marquette on Wednesday, the Redettes won seven of the eight flights in straight sets, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounded — MSHS won three tiebreakers in singles.
Marquette No. 2 singles player Haddie Ketzenberger defeated Kali Applin 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), teammate and No. 3 singles Ruth Hummell dropped Aur Dahl 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) and Redette No. 4 singles player Julianna Golisek downed Brynlee Nodurft 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
The MSHS three-set victory was recorded by the No. 2 doubles tandem of Alyson LaBelle and Hannah Young 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Kat Hemeleski and Aubrey Bice.
Another duo tested was the No. 1 doubles pair of Zoey Brian and Bre Sandstrom, who took a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tori Bociek and Madison Berutti.
“It was a tough day in the wind,” Marquette head coach Derek Sandstroms said. “Zoey and Bre, Alyson and Hannah all finished their matches well at (Nos.) 1 and 2 (doubles).”
Negaunee 8, Westwood 0
At Negaunee on Wednesday, the Miners also had more close calls than the final score would indicate, as two matches went to a third set and two others had tiebreakers won by Negaunee players.
“It’s always interesting throughout a season to gauge how we react to close situations,” NHS head coach Kyle Saari said. “There were a lot of 7-5 or 6-4 sets, as well as tiebreakers, that we needed to respond to.
“Jillian Skewis has had a nice bounce-back week and she played very smart. She’s mixing her shots and will still be able to combine that with her pace for late in the year.
“Morgan (Carlson) and Katelyn (Lammi), as well as Annika (Tervo) had to scrap today, too. They all do a nice job of staying in the moment.”
While Skewis had a relatively easy 6-4, 6-1 win over Westwood’s Jillian Koski, Carlson and Lammi needed a long tiebreaker win to come up with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles over the Patriots’ Natalie Prophet and Ellie Miller.
Tervo also had quite an up-and-down No. 4 singles match against WHS’ Mallory Leece as Tervo prevailed 7-5, 0-6, 13-11 with the third set a pro-style tiebreaker.
Negaunee No. 2 doubles duo of Tianna Williams and Shayla Williams also needed three sets, beating Emily Nelson and Avery Mariuzza 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
And Miners No. 3 doubles Emma Miller and Madi Austin survived the opening set for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over Claire Gilles and Lindsay Williams.
Another long match was won by NHS No. 4 doubles tandem of Faith Mager and Daylyn Drew over Kalle Keranen and Allison Korpi, 6-3, 7-5.
Marquette 7, Iron Mountain 1
At Iron Mountain on Tuesday, the Redettes only needed a third set once, though a couple other included tiebreakers and pair of 7-5 sets.
“While these weren’t the results we were hoping for, I’m proud of the way we fought,” IM coach Marcus Celello. “I believe a few matches could have gone the other way, but credit goes to Marquette for outlasting us.”
The closest two-setters came at No. 3 singles, where Hummell held off Callie Bianco 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, and at No. 1 doubles, with Brian and Bre Sandstrom easing past Bella Brown and Aziza Burgoon 7-5, 7-5.
The Redettes’ three-setter came at No. 2 doubles, where Marquette’s Eliina Brazeau and Kaia Miller held tough for a 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 win over Danika Juul and Natalia Brown. The third set was a pro-style tiebreaker.
The Mountaineers’ lone victory came at No. 1 singles, where Claire Mongrain downed Marquette’s Campbell Kallio 6-3, 6-4.
“Claire played excellent,” Celello said. “She was in a back-and-forth battle, and she played a smart match.”
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.