Prep tennis roundup: Musser’s 3-set win lifts Ishpeming over Gladstone
MARQUETTE – Junior No. 4 singles player Jordan Musser pulled out the only three-set victory of the meet to help Ishpeming slip past Gladstone, 5-3, in high school boys tennis action held at the Braves’ courts on Monday.
“We’ve only had two practices and two meets before today,” Hematites coach Erl Langness said about the victory.
Musser was emphatic down the stretch in defeating Gladstone’s Nick LaRose 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 to prevent the meet from ending in a tie.
Fellow Ishpeming juniors Cody Johnson at No. 2 singles and Mark Holmgren at No. 3 singles posted straight-sets victories.
The Hematites split in doubles, getting wins from sophomores Kaz Langness and Lucas Solka at No. 2 and juniors Joe Nault and Johnathan Willey at No. 3, again in straight sets.
Ishpeming is scheduled to get back into action today with a 4 p.m. match against Iron Mountain.
At Gwinn, the top three singles flights were the closest of the meet, with Miners freshman Eric Hurst pulling out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory at No. 3 over Modeltowners junior Aidan Anderson.
Gwinn got its win at No. 1 singles when junior Inigo Cepeda outlasted sophomore Parker Bowman, 7-5, 6-4. Negaunee also got a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles from junior Ryan Syrjala over junior Micah Heath.
The Miners lost just 10 games total in the other five flights.
Gwinn hosts Munising in a match at 4 p.m. today, while Negaunee entertains Marquette in a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday.
At Ishpeming, the Patriots had little trouble in a Mid-Peninsula Conference match, losing just six games over the eight matches.
Three matches went as 6-0, 6-0 whitewashes by senior No. 2 singles player Michael Ostlund, the No. 2 doubles team of juniors Jake Kierzek and Nathen Nelson and the No. 3 doubles tandem of juniors Mitch Messing and Tristen Vitale.
Westwood is scheduled to host Iron Mountain in a match at 3:30 p.m. today.
At Menominee, the Mustangs played outdoors – for either a practice or a match – for just the second time this season on Monday.
Despite that, Munising senior No. 1 singles player Noah Ackerman came up with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Davie Luplow.
“I was pretty impressed with how Noah played considering we haven’t been able to get on the courts,” Mustangs coach Rod Gendron said, adding that he heard this was the Maroons’ eighth match since they have an indoor facility available nearby in Marinette, Wis.
Munising won just 15 games in the other seven flights, the most coming in a 6-3, 6-2 loss by Joel Werner and Trevor Witty at No. 3 doubles to Menominee’s Jon Anttila and Nick Cattani.
KINGSFORD – The Kingsford Flivvers, still looking to establish a lineup, dispatched Marquette.
Marquette’s point came at No. 3 singles where Noah Gannon outlasted Chris Roell 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“That went on for a long time,” said Flivver coach Mark Shanks. “That was a great match. We’ll look forward to that one again.”
Shanks said the Redmen had one starter out, creating an adjustment in doubles. The Flivvers swept doubles, with three matches in two sets.
“They’ll be better in doubles,” Shanks said. “Everybody has lineup problems at this time of the year.”