Prep tennis roundup: Negaunee, Munising, Marquette score dual victories Monday
NEGAUNEE – He tweaked his lineup, but Negaunee High School head boys tennis coach Kyle Saari still got the results he desired Monday.
The host Miners blanked the Westward Patriots, 8-0, with seven of the eight matches decided in straight sets.
“We did a little re-arranging lineup-wise and responded well,” Saari said.
Cody Tossava at No. 1 singles shut out Derek Wing, 6-0, 6-0, while at No. 1 doubles, Nick Martin and Doug Lindblom turned back Westwood’s Josh Nicholas and Andy Duquette, 6-2, 6-2.
“Mike Anderson (at No. 4 singles) played strong and our mix at No. 1 doubles wasn’t bad, either,” Saari said. “We’ll continue to get better.”
The only match that went to three sets was at No. 3 singles, where Negaunee’s Rob Sertich outlasted Michael Ostlund, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
West Iron Co. 6,
At Iron River Monday, the Ishpeming Hematites couldn’t stop the host Wykons in boys prep tennis, losing 6-2.
Jorge Muela at No. 3 singles, as well as the No. 4 doubles combination of Thomas Bleau and Dylan Skewis, posted wins for Ishpeming (0-4).
“West Iron is strong in singles, but we played pretty well there,” Hematites’ head coach Erl Langness said.
“Our No. 3 doubles (Bodenn Denzel and Josh Kitto) came back nicely to win. It was the first match of the season for Bleau, who broke an ankle in hockey.”
Munising 5, Norway 3
At Gladstone Monday, Munising High School won three doubles matches to secure a 5-3 boys tennis victory over Norway.
At No. 1 doubles, Joe Paquette and Chase Nebel beat Norway’s Tor Thorne and Jordan Mauro, 6-1, 6-1.
“That’s the first time No. 1 has really been dominant in a match this season,” Mustangs head coach Rod Gendron said. “Our strength is in doubles.”
Noah Ackerman set the tone for the Mustangs (1-1-2) with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Randy Mueller at No. 1 singles.
“Noah is 4-0 this season and hasn’t lost a set,” Gendron said. “He just keeps improving.”
Marquette 5, Escanaba 3
At Escanaba, the Eskymos continued their losing skid Monday as they fell to the Redmen.
Escanaba lost only one match in the singles matchups, but Marquette swept every match in doubles to earn the team victory. Marquette’s Josh Downs defeated John Brant 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles action, and Matt Collins and Mike Edwards beat Dave Fix and Jake Eastin 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles.
TJ Myrick claimed a hard-fought victory over Mike Viitala at No. 2 singles, winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. No. 3 Mike Shields earned the only other win for Escanaba by dropping Max Darr 6-1, 6-1.