Prep girls tennis: Kingsford takes Great Northern Conference tennis title

KINGSFORD – The Kingsford Flivvers, looking as dominant as past champions, romped to the Great Northern Conference girls tennis title Wednesday.

The Flivvers, with all eight flights seeded No. 1, came away with seven top singles and doubles honors.

“We won seven of eight flights,” Kingsford Coach Mark Shanks said. “That’s a solid day. I was really happy all day.”

The Flivvers, unbeaten in dual meets this season, tallied 47 points to repeat as champions.

Escanaba, 31, which thwarted a Flivver sweep with the No. 3 doubles crown, claimed second place over Marquette, 28. Menominee, 24; Gladstone, 22, and West Iron County, 17, rounded out the tourney field.

“Kingsford lived up to being the favorite,” Escanaba Coach Denny Lueneberg said. “They’ve had a nice season and they deserve it. They put in the time through the years.”

Eight seniors dot the Flivver starting lineup including No. 1 singles champ Hannah Tresedder. She grabbed the first set over Marquette’s Madalyne Connon, lost the second set on a tiebreaker after building a big lead and came back in the third.

“It was a little frustrating,” said Tresedder, who held a 5-2 lead in the second set and dropped the tiebreaker 8-6. “But I just told myself to calm down, take a breath and get in the third set.

“I just had to slow down and concentrate a little more.”

Tresedder, who snared the GNC No. 2 singles title last year, encountered a much improved Connon from earlier in the season. The Marquette junior played a lengthy semifinal before meeting Tresedder.

“I was just trying to play out points and when I had the chance to put it away,” Tresedder said. “I would come to the net, stay with her and try to wear her out. But she did really good job. I give her credit.”

The Flivvers swept singles as No. 2 Janay Walters downed Gladstone’s Lauren Parrett; No. 3 Santina Bianco spilled Bridget Becker of Gladstone, and freshman Katy Hicks prevailed at No. 4 over Menominee’s Allison Odea.

Kingsford bested Escanaba for the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles titles. Anna Shanks and Kate Lamy needed three sets to upend Olivia Berquist and Shelby Gregoire, while Ali VanRemortel and Jaelyn Jennings clipped Audrey Wilson and Breanna Dault.

The Eskymos’ Emily LaFave and Olivia LaForest hung for a 7-5, 7-5 decision on the Flivvers’ Megan VanPembrook and Taylor Jacobson for the No. 3 doubles championship. Abby Johnson and Kelsey Bennett of Kingsford triumphed over Marquette’s Brenna Leafers and Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer at No. 4 doubles.

Kingsford hosts the U.P. Division 1 tournament next Wednesday. The Flivvers will be up against Mid-Peninsula Conference champion Negaunee.