Prep girls tennis: Ishpeming, Westwood, Marquette post victories heading into Wednesday’s conference championship meets

ISHPEMING – The Ishpeming High School girls tennis team will head into Wednesday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference Championships on a high note after defeating Gladstone, 5-3, in a nonconference home match.

The Hematites (5-7 overall) posted three singles victories in straight sets with Gabby Croley winning at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4; Jamie Olson winning at No. 2, 6-2, 7-6 (6); and Lindsey Thompson winning her No. 4 match, 6-4, 6-2.

“Singles played well,” IHS head coach Erl Langness said. “It was an overall strong performance from Gabby and Lindsey.”

The Hematites split with the Braves in doubles play with Kaylee Ronn and Chloe Stetson winning their No. 2 match, 6-4, 6-1. Krista Almli and Katie Harrison posted a win at No. 3, 6-3, 7-5.

“Our second doubles improved as the games progressed,” Langness said. “It was a good day for IHS tennis.”

Westwood 8, Gwinn 0

ISHPEMING – The Patriots swept the Modeltowners, with only Megan Chapman’s 6-7 (4), 6-4, 11-9, victory over Gwinn’s Brooke Luokkala at No. 1 singles going beyond two sets.

Courtney Beauchamp at No. 2, Faith LeRoy at No. 3 and Rachel Anderson at No. 4 all posted singles victories for WHS in straight sets, though Beauchamp needed a tiebreaker to win her second set.

In doubles, Katie Rankinen and Shana Caliguri won at No. 1, Gabby Hebert and Caitlin Hewitt combined to win the No. 2 match, Lacey Pietro and Olivia Derocha teamed up for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 while Emily Carlson and Jaimee Ferris were victorious at No. 4 to improve the Patriots to 10-4 heading into Wednesday’s M-PC meet.

“Megan and Courtney kept their composure in two close matches at one and two singles,” WHS coach Chris Jackson said. “Lacey and Olivia have put together a solid season that includes only one loss.

Marquette 6, WIC?2

IRON RIVER – The Redettes head into Wednesday’s Great Northern Conference Championships in Kingsford on a nonconference victory after taking three singles and three doubles matches at West Iron County.

Madalyne Connon at No. 1, Laura Slavsky at No. 2 and Eliza Annelin at No. 3 all posted straight-set victories in singles play.

In doubles, Brianna Buhl and Taylor Rovin won at No. 1, Amanda Gray and Mackenzie Verbeke were victorious at No. 2 while Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer walked away with a three-set win at No. 4.

“It was a true homecoming for Madalyne at one-singles and I thought she played well,” said MSHS coach Derek Sandstrom. “She was able to focus in a tough environment.”