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Ishpeming beats Gwinn, Westwood stops Marquette behind three-set victories

September 12, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

GWINN - After playing Munising tough on Monday, the Ishpeming High School girls tennis team still had something left the following day.

Coach Erl Langness's Hematites dropped host Gwinn, 5-3, on Tuesday behind three wins in doubles play. Ishpeming is now 2-8 on the season.

Taylor Croley and Jordann Grigg set the tone for the Ishpeming doubles squads with a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) triumph over Taylor Aho and Haylee Lakenen at No. 1.

Kori Faull and Krista Pellonpaa at No. 2, and Libbie Doney and Hailly Thompson at No. 3, also picked up doubles triumphs for the Hematites.

In singles, Lydia Asplund of Gwinn knocked off Gabby Croley, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1.

Westwood 6,

Marquette 2

At Marquette, the visiting Patriots clinched the meet by sweeping every match that was tied through the second set.

"We were fortunate to win all four of the matches that went three sets," said coach Chris Jackson of Westwood (6-2-2).

On the other side, Redettes coach Derek Sandstrom said he was a bit disappointed for that same reason.

"But Westwood is a heck of a team," Sandstrom said.

The toughest match came at No. 4 doubles, where the Pats' Lacey Pietro and Shana Caliguri came back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to force a tiebreaker game they won 8-6 before clinching a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Marquette's Danielle Nestor and Mackenzie Verbeke.

"This is the first time our doubles teams have been back together for awhile, so I think our best tennis is in front of us," Sandstrom said.

Kingsford 6, Negaunee 2

At Kingsford, something had to give as a pair of undefeated teams faced each other.

Negaunee (7-1-1) won at No. 3 in both singles and doubles as the Miners' Kayla Hakala beat Michele Schiebe, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; and NHS' Kylee Taavola and Jordyn LaFreniere downed Abby Johnson and Megan Pembrook, 6-1, 6-3.

"Kingsford (11-0-1) is strong and we had a couple close ones we couldn't take advantage of," Negaunee coach Kyle Saari said. "Kayla pulled through in a long one and played well."



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