Prep tennis: Westwood slips past Norway while Ishpeming, Marquette tumble
ISHPEMING – Sweeping the doubles competition, the Westwood High School boys tennis team downed visiting Norway on Monday, 5-3.
Derek Wing and Michael Ostlund led the Patriots’ doubles teams win a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sam Vanderlin and Jordan Mauor at No. 1.
“Our doubles lineup has been very consistent this season,” WHS head coach Chris Jackson commented, “led by Wing and Ostlund.”
At No. 1 singles, the Knights’ Randy Mueller topped Quinn Leroy, 6-1, 6-2.
Westwood’s lone win in singles came from Nathan Nelson, who defeated Dustin Thurston, 6-2, 7-5.
“All our singles players are new this year and we’re getting better with every match played,” Jackson said.
Despite splitting its doubles matches, the Ishpeming High School boys tennis team fell to visiting Gladstone Monday, 5-3.
Bodenn Denzel and Josh Kitto, as well as Zach Johnson and Jake Peterson, claimed wins for the Hematites (0-2) at No. 3 and 4 doubles, respectively.
“Our No. 2 doubles (Jordan Musser and Josh Penrose) were down 4-0 in the second set and lost just 7-6 (7-2),” IHS coach Erl Langness noted. “It was nice to see their resiliency.”
Jorge Muela took No. 4 singles for the Hematites, but Langness noted the No. 2 singles match in which Gladstone’s John Hammar outlasted Guillermo Ansede, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
“That went 2 1/4 hours,” the IHS coach said. “Guillermo really put a lot of effort into it.”
At Marquette on Monday, Kingsford blanked the Redmen, 8-0.
“(The Flivvers) have a lot of experience and we’re growing,” Marquette head coach Charlie Drury said after his team fell to 1-1-1 on the season. “Kingsford was just too strong for us at about every position.”
At No. 1 singles, the Flivvers’ Caleb Harrington dropped Josh Downs, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 1 doubles, Dalton Allen and Aidan Wienke beat Marquette’s Justin Flood and Alex Shabazi, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
“Kingsford had two seniors there, but we were able to go three sets,” Drury said. “None of our doubles players have ever played with their partners before (this season).”
At No. 2 doubles, Marquette’s Mike Edwards and Matt Collins took Sean Ryan and Ted Pietila to three sets before losing, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.