Prep girls tennis: Negaunee sweeps Gwinn to remain perfect

NEGAUNEE – Staying undefeated in dual meets this season, the Negaunee High School girls tennis team blanked visiting Gwinn on Tuesday, 8-0.

With the win, Upper Peninsula Division 1 defending co-champion NHS is now 10-0 in dual meets on the season.

Abbi Kill at No. 2 singles helped pave the way for the Miners by beating Maddie Forrester, 6-2, 6-0.

“Abbi is continuing to play well for us at No. 2 singles and gives us some senior leadership,” Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. “Kylee Taavola does the same for us at No. 2 doubles.”

Taavola and doubles partner Hanna Kantola turned back Alli Johnson and Emma Hohman, 6-0, 6-0.

Marquette 4, Escanaba 4

At Marquette Tuesday, the host Redettes and Escanaba High School split both the singles and doubles competition to finish in a 4-4 tie.

Madalyne Connon at No. 1 singles turned back the Eskymos’ Johanna Snowden, 7-6 (6), 6-0, while Eliza Annelin added a triumph at No. 3 singles.

In doubles, Marquette’s No. 1 duo – Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin knocked off Olivia Berquist and Shelby Gregoire, 6-0, 6-4.

Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer contribute a victory at No. 4 doubles for Marquette.

“We lost to Escanaba in August, 5-3, and were swept in doubles,” MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom said. “So, were on the right track in doubles, for sure. No. 1 doubles played a great match.

“I’m pleased with the direction the girls are going,” he added. “I’d like to see us carry some momentum into the (Great Northern) conference meet (Wednesday in Kingsford).”

Kingsford 7,

Westwood 1

At Ishpeming Tuesday, the host Westwood High School girls tennis team fell to Kingsford, 7-1.

“We had some good play today against a strong team in Kingsford,” Westwood coach Chris Jackson said. “We will look to use this experience to get better as the season comes to a close.”

Lacey Pietro and Westwood teammate Olivia Derocha at No. 3 doubles posted the Patriots’ lone victory, a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Megan VanPembrook and Taylor Jacobson.

“Lacey and Olivia continued their strong play,” Jackson commented.

One match went three sets, that coming in No. 1 doubles where Kingsford’s Anna Shanks and Kate Lamy beat Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.