Prep girls tennis: Negaunee blanks Ishpeming in dual meet

ISHPEMING – Both coaches were looking at similiar goals, even if their teams were in different places at a high school girls tennis meet on Tuesday morning.

Negaunee won every match in straight sets to knock off Ishpeming, 8-0.

Miners coach Kyle Saari always looks for his team to get better every day, and Tuesday was one of those days.

“We’ve been improving each day and doubles played nicely,” Saari said.

For Ishpeming coach Erl Langness, he’s happy to also see improvement with a lineup in flux, at least on the doubles side.

“(No. 1 doubles player) Hailly Thompson got to play righthanded for the first time after she injured her shoulder,” said the Hematites coach, who actually had played Thompson at No. 4 doubles lefthanded for the first week of the season.

“This is a good measuring stick and it gives our girls something to judge how much progress we’ve made,” the Ishpeming coach said. “And I have seen improvement already.”

Negaunee’s Amanda Washnock and Jessa Johnson led the way with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 doubles over Thompson and Libbie Doney.

At. No. 1 singles, Allyson Carlson beat Ishpeming’s Gabby Croley, 6-1, 6-0.

Both teams return to action with home matches today. Negaunee hosts Gladstone at 11 a.m. while Ishpeming has moved back the starting time of its meet with Ironwood to 11:30 a.m. Ishpeming also has a home match against Iron Mountain at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Other matches scheduled Tuesday involving Marquette County teams were postponed due to wet courts: Iron Mountain and Gwinn, and Marquette at West Iron County.

Marquette has rescheduled its match for 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in Iron River.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg and Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.