NEGAUNEE – The Negaunee High School girls tennis team notched its second win of the season Friday with an 8-0 shutout over visiting West Iron County.
“Early in the year, you always want to improve on something from the previous match,” Miners head coach Kyle Saari said. “One and two doubles did that nicely today and were able to pull off a close set or two.
“It was a nice start to the week, but there’s still a lot we know we have to improve on.”
In singles action, Negaunee (2-0) swept all of its matches in two sets.
In the No. 1 match, Angela Ring defeated Jessie Prudhomme, 6-0, 6-2.
Allison Ring, Megan Syrjala and Jenna Sager also posted simngles wins.
In doubles, Negaunee’s Lauren Anderson and Nicole Violetta beat Megan Quayle and Natalie Tomasaki, 6-2, 7-6.
Negaunee’s Anja Turecky and Katrina Turecky, Skylar Taavola and Lexi Taavola and Kalli Mattson and Lauren Judd also prevailed in doubles play.
IHS falls to IM
At Ishpeming Friday, the host Hematites tried to pick up their first win of the season, but fell to Iron Mountain, 7-1.
Ishpeming’s lone victory came in the No. 4 singles match when Madison Pruett outlasted Libby Brown, 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.
At No. 1 singles, the Mountaineers’ Katie Brule, defeated Jessica Penhale, 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles action, Iron Mountain’s No. 1 tandem of Kate and Emily Bugni defeated Libbie Doney and Hailly Thompson, 6-2, 6-1.
“It’s still early in the season and the girls haven’t had a whole lot of practice yet,” Ishpeming head coach Erl Langness said. “The girls played hard though against a good Iron Mountain team.”
At Westwood Friday, the host Patriots split a pair of matches, beating Ishpeming 7-1 and losing to Iron Mountain, 6-2.
“We have only three players returning from last season,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said after his team had fallen to a 1-2 season mark. “I feel confident based on our first few matches (though) that we will be in the mix at the end of the year.”
“We have a bunch of competitive girls who want to continue to get better.”
Against Ishpeming, Lauren Farley knocked off Jessica Penhale at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4.
Mady Mattias, Karley Kargela and Marissa Carello also recorded singles wins for the Patriots.
At No. 1 doubles, Ishpeming’s Libbie Doney and Hailly Thompson claimed a 6-0, 6-2 win over Olivia Derocha and Bridget Wood.
Picking up doubles triumphs for Westwood were Courtney Clisch and Paige Rivard, Cayla Ostola and Sierra Laitinen, and Averie Kangas and Rachael Hunt.
Against Iron Mountain, Carello at No. 4 singles, and Kangas and Hunt at No. 4 doubles, picked up wins for Westwood.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writers Ryan Stieg and Craig Remsburg. They can be reached at email@example.com.