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Munising puts up fight before Escanaba prevails at high school girls tennis meet

Munising’s Lori Mattson returns the ball during the No. 2 doubles match against Escanaba on Wednesday at the Eskymos' courts. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Justin St. Ours)

ESCANABA — The Escanaba High School girls tennis team pulled off a clean win here Wednesday, sweeping doubles while splitting in singles to defeat Munising 6-2.

The Eskymos’ Erica Moore and Madi Mishica led the way at No. 1 doubles, defeating the Mustangs’ Skylar Campbell and Maci Cornish 6-1, 6-4.

Esky’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Gracie Wickham and Abby Hill won 6-0, 7-6 (7-2), as the Mustangs’ Lori Mattson and Payton Coty wouldn’t go down without a fight. After being shut out by the Esky duo in the first set, Mattson and Coty found their footing and forced a tiebreak to end the second.

However, Hill and Wickham prevailed 7-2 in the tiebreaker after the set was tied 6-6.

“Good all-around tennis today,” Esky coach Chris Ogren said. “All of our doubles teams were able to get good, two-set wins today. It was an especially great performance from Abby Hill and Gracie Wickham to hold off their opponents in a very close second set.”

At No. 3 doubles, Esky’s Delaney McIntyre and Leslie Purcell fended off Madeline Cole and Elizabeth Holloway, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 4 wrapped up doubles for the Eskymos as Anna Valiquette and Lily Newhouse finished off the Mustangs’ Valerie Johnson and Athina Johnson, 6-2, 6-1.

Munising’s wins came at Nos. 2 and 3 singles as Mackenzie Richardson defeated Esky’s Amanda Beem 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2, while Jenna Matson curbed the Eskymos’ McKenna Bullen in the second set to win 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3.

“This is our second (match of the season), so we still had a little bit of the jitters in the beginning,” Mustangs coach Jennifer Cornish said. “It took the girls quite a bit to get out of that, but by the end of the matches today, they were really pulling it out.

“The girls were putting their all out there, and there was a lot of hustle. They all hung in there.

“As a whole, I think the girls did well. They all did really well. It was a good day for some tennis.”

At No. 1 singles, Sophia Derkos felled Munising’s Logan Peters in two sets, 6-1, 6-2, while the Eskymos’ Lizzy Sliva finished off the Mustangs’ Emily Miles in a tough second set for a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 2.

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