Prep girls tennis: Negaunee, Ishpeming post decisive wins against Marquette, Munising
MARQUETTE – Negaunee and Ishpeming scored decisive victories in high school tennis matches held Monday afternoon.
At Marquette, the Miners didn’t win quite as easily as the score might indicate, considering that three of their match victories went to a third set.
And that doesn’t even includes the competitive No. 1 doubles match, where the Redettes got their lone win when Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin outlasted Amanda Washnock and Jessa Johnson, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.
“I think our entire team will feed off the momentum of the (No. 1) doubles match,” MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. “Brianna and Taylor played a great match.”
The three-setters included Negaunee’s No. 2 singles player Abbi Kill winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 over Laura Slavsky; No. 2 doubles tandem of Kylee Taavola and Hanna Kantola scoring a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 win over Amanda Gray and Mackenzie Verbeke; and No. 4 doubles duo of April Walimaa and Kassy Harsila coming back for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer.
“It was nice to pull out close matches,” Miners coach Kyle Saari. “Our (No.) 3s in doubles (Elly Kantola and Lauren Anderson) and singles (Angie Ring) put together solid wins.”
At Ishpeming, the Hematites won every set but one in this makeup match – Ishpeming’s Krista Almli and Katie Harrison needed three sets to prevail at No. 3 doubles over Munising’s Sydney McInnis and Via Ouellette-Ballas, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
“Munising was missing its No. 1 singles player, but we did play quite well overall,” said coach Erl Langness of Ishpeming, whose team improved to 4-7.
While Hematites singles players Gabby Croley, Jaime Olson, Jessica Penhale and Lindsey Thompson won with relative ease, each of the other doubles matches was also competitive with every set decided either 6-4 or 7-5. But the duos of Libbie Doney and Hailly Thompson, Kaylee Ronn and Chloe Stetson, and cousins Ella Bertucci and Kinsie Bertucci all prevailed.
Ishpeming finishes its season with home matches at 3:45 p.m. the next two Mondays, first with Gladstone next week and West Iron County on Sept. 30.