Prep tennis roundup: Marquette tops Ishpeming, Negaunee beats Westwood

ISHPEMING – The hosts from Ishpeming High School battled the Marquette Redettes tooth-and-nail before losing, 6-2, in girls prep tennis action on Wednesday.

“It was close,” Ishpeming head coach Erl Langness said of the contest. “At one point, it was 2-2 and any match after that could have gone either way.

“Overall, as a team, we played well.”

At No. 1 singles, Gabby Croley of Ishpeming claimed a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Madalyn Connon.

Laura Slavsky and Eliza Annelin posted wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles for Marquette, while Ishpeming’s Lindsey Thompson prevailed at No. 4 singles.

“Lindsey played a good match,” Langness said after his Hematites fell to 3-5 on the season. “She was down in the second set before coming back to win the last couple.”

He added Slavsky outlasted Ishpeming’s Jaime Olson, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3) in a long match.

Marquette swept the doubles matches, with Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin leading the way with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Libbie Doney and Hailly Thompson at No. 1.

Amanda Gray and Mackenzie Verbeke, Mallory Grugin and Madison Rieboldt, and Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer, also posted doubles victories for the Redettes.

Negaunee 7, Westwood 1

ISHPEMING – Sweeping all four singles matches, the Negaunee High School girls tennis team improved to 6-0 this season by defeating host Westwood on Wednesday, 7-1.

“Negaunee has a lineup that’s as good as we have seen this season,” Patriots head coach Chris Jackson said.

Allison Carlson at No. 1 singles paced the Miners by beating Caitlin Hewitt, 6-0, 6-2.

Abbi Kill, Angie Ring and Dana DeBretto also posted singles wins for the Miners.

“Kill has been real steady for us at No. 2 singles,” NHS head coach Kyle Saari said.

At No. 1 doubles, Jessa Johnson and Amanda Washnock toppled the Patriots’ Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4.

Kylee Taavola and Hanna Kantola at No. 2, and April Walimaa and Kassy Harsila at No. 4, also prevailed for NHS in doubles.

“Our No. 1 and 2 doubles battled through some adversity. It was good to see them win tight matches,” Saari said. “Amanda and Jessa are learning what it takes to win at No. 1 doubles.”

Lacey Pietro and Olivia Derocha at No. 3 doubles posted Westwood’s lone triumph, a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Elly Kantola and Lauren Anderson.

“We played some very close matches in doubles, but came out on the short end of most,” Jackson said.

“I think we’re very close and can be a difficult team to beat in (coming) tournaments if we can gain some confidence.”