Prep tennis roundup: Negaunee rolls over Marquette, Gwinn ties Westwood
NEGAUNEE – A loss at No. 1 singles didn’t deter the Negaunee High School boys tennis team from posting a decisive victory Wednesday.
The Miners of head coach Kyle Saari improved to 2-0-1 on the season with a 7-1 triumph over visiting Marquette Senior High School.
“We played well as an entire team today,” Saari said. “We cleaned up some things from our last meet.”
Josh Downs picked up Marquette’s lone triumph, that coming at No. 1 singles when he beat Parker Bowman, 6-0, 6-1.
But the Miners were dominant thereafter, winning the final seven matches in straight sets in all but one.
That came at No. 3 doubles where the Miners’ Anthony Moyle and Rob Loy rallied to knock off Noah Heikel and Joe Weber, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Saari lauded the Miners’ Eric Hurst and Ben Luke, who won No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
“Eric and Ben are beginning to figure out 3 and 4 singles and that’ll be important for us (in the future),” the coach said.
At No. 1 doubles, Doug Lindblom and Michael Anderson dropped Marquette’s Mike Mlsna-Mike Wiitala, 6-2, 6-3.
At Westwood on Wednesday, the host Patriots and Gwinn Modeltowners played to a 4-4 deadlock. WHS went 3-1 in doubles, while Gwinn posted a 3-1 record in singles.
“We look forward to having practice the rest of the week to work on some things,” Patriots head coach Chris Jackson said.
Inigo Cepeda of Gwinn took the No. 1 singles match from Quinn LeRoy, 6-1, 6-3 and Derek Wing and Andrew Duquette of Westwood won the No. 2 doubles competition with a 6-1, 6-7 (8), 6-0 victory over Jesse Mottes and Nick Bjork.
“Derek and Andy were able to pull out a three-set match that saw some big momentum swings by both teams,” Jackson commented.
A pair of other bouts went three sets, with Gwinn’s Micah Heath and Aidan Anderson winning at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.