Prep tennis roundup: Ishpeming, Westwood battle through three-set matches to tie
ISHPEMING – Wednesday’s Westwood-Ishpeming boys prep tennis match couldn’t have been much closer.
With five matches going three sets, the Patriots and host Hematites played to a 4-4 tie.
“It just shows the two teams are pretty even (in talent),” Ishpeming head coach Erl Langness said. “Every match that didn’t go three sets were all close, except for No. 4 singles (won by the Hematites’ Kirk Guckenberg).”
Quinn LeRoy of Westwood toppled Lucas Lisowsky, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.
At No. 2, Ishpeming’s Guillermo Ansede outlasted Derek Wing, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
“That match went 2 3/4 hours with no breaks at all,” Langness said, adding his team won three of five three-setters played.
In the closest match of the day, Ishpeming’s Josh Kitto and Jake Peterson nipped Mitch Messing and Jake Kierzek, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) at No. 3 doubles.
“There was a lot of nervousness there,” Langness said.
West Iron County 1
At Marquette Wednesday, the Marquette Senior High School tennis team raised its season record to 5-1-1 with a 7-1 win over West Iron County.
“We played well, though West Iron was without their No. 1 singles player (Austin Waara),” MSHS head coach Charlie Drury said.
“They had a lot of singles playing up a position and that’s a tough position to be in.”
Josh Downs, Justin Flood and Noah Gannon all won their singles matches at Nos. 1-3, respectfully, for the Redmen.
“Downs played well. He’s starting to play his own game rather than his opponent’s,” Drury said.
MSHS swept the doubles competition, led by Alex Shahbazi and Kyle King at No. 1 with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) triumph over
Andrew Peterson and Sean Gustafson.
Gwinn 8, Norway 0
Winning every match in straight sets, the Gwinn High School tennis team blanked visiting Norway on Wednesday, 8-0.
Perhaps the most contested match of the day came at No. 1 singles, where Derek Reetz shaded the Knights’ Randy Mueller, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
Dallas St Arnaud and Nick Bjork paced the No. 1 doubles unit of Gwinn head coach Kelly Kienert with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Tor Thorne and Jordan Mauro.
At No. 4 doubles, the Modeltowners’ Tommy Schmeltzer and Chris Stankowski shut out Lexi Maahs and Megan Schultz, 6-0, 6-0.
Iron Mountain 2
Sweeping the singles play, the Negaunee High School tennis team dumped host Iron Mountain on Wednesday, 6-2.
Cody Tossava, Ryan Syrjala, Rob Sertich and Mike Anderson all captured wins at Nos. 1-4 singles, respectively, for Negaunee (5-2-1).
At No. 3 doubles, the Miners’ Alex Roth and Ben Luke rallied to beat Jake Mongrain and Jordan Wedge, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3.
“Alex and Ben are really maturing in doubles,” NHS head coach Kyle Saari said.