Negaunee Miners, Westwood Patriots post 8-0 high school girls tennis shutouts
MARQUETTE — The Negaunee and Westwood high school girls tennis teams started a busy week on a high note, between them pulling off a trio of 8-0 sweeps on their home courts on Monday afternoon.
The Miners felled Marquette while the Patriots took out Escanaba and Gladstone.
Westwood plays at Kingsford this afternoon and hosts Iron Mountain on Thursday, while Negaunee is at Menominee on Wednesday and hosts Munising on Thursday.
In addition, Marquette travels to Escanaba this afternoon before hosting Ishpeming on Thursday. Another match today is Munising at Gwinn in a makeup match, while on Wednesday is Gwinn hosting Norway and Ishpeming at Iron Mountain. On Thursday, West Iron County is at Gwinn, then on Friday, Ishpeming hosts Munising in a meet being made up from last week.
Negaunee 8, Marquette 0
At Negaunee, the Miners improved to 11-0 even though Marquette forced a third set at two flights and a 7-5 set in two others.
“As a team we were excited and motivated to get this week going, and I think we were up for the challenge to try to improve some scores from last Friday,” NHS head coach Kyle Saari said after Negaunee’s 7-1 win over Marquette that day.
The three-setters came at No. 1 singles, where the Miners’ Lilly Nelson bounced back for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 win over Marquette’s Campbell Kallio, and at No. 4 doubles, where Negaunee’s Faith Mager and Daylyn Drew pulled out a 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-3 win over the Redettes’ Nistha Gautam and Sam Heikkila.
Two other doubles matches featured a 7-5 set win by the Miners. Morgan Carlson and Katelyn Lammi won at No. 1 doubles 7-5, 6-1 over Zoey Brian and Bre Sandstrom, while Madi Austin and Emma Miller at No. 3 doubles were 6-0, 7-5 winners over Eliina Brazeau and Kaia Miller.
At the other end of the spectrum, Negaunee’s No. 2, 3 and 4 singles players lost a combined six games in straight-sets wins. They were Jillian Skewis at No. 2, Lexi Mason at No. 3 and Annika Tervo at No. 4.
“Faith and Daylyn rebounded nicely, and Jill(ian), Lexi and Annika played real solid,” Saari said. “Lilly showed a lot of leadership … at the top. She was down 2-5 in the second (set), but never was shook in that set. She dug deep, played a little mind game with herself, I think, and didn’t lose another game.”
Westwood 8, Escanaba 0
At Westwood, the Patriots didn’t drop a set in the sweep, losing just 32 games in the eight flights.
“The girls are excited to get to play another week of tennis, and to have such beautiful weather do so in,” Westwood head coach Sarah Massie said. “You never know how you’re going to perform on a Monday, but these girls were ready to play.”
Pats’ No. 3 singles player Lindsay Williams posted the lone shutout, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Esky’s Ukiah Penegor.
The best contested match came at No. 4 doubles, where Kalle Keranen and Laci Moffatt won 6-4, 6-4 over the Eskymos’ Leslie Purcell and Emily Moore.
Westwood 8, Gladstone 0
Later in the afternoon at Westwood, the Patriots again didn’t lose a set in the whitewash, losing just 17 games in the process.
“We had a few lineup changes (Monday) and the girls all adjusted well,” Massie said. “That’s exactly what you hope for as the conference and (Upper Peninsula Finals) tournament approach.”
Westwood had two 6-0, 6-0 matches, won by No. 1 singles player Jenna Wealton and the No. 2 doubles team of Avery Mariuzza and Emily Nelson.
The best contested match came at No. 3 singles, where Williams dropped Addison Trombley 6-4, 6-1.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. net.