MARQUETTE - After not having played competitively for 10 days due largely to poor weather conditions, the Marquette Senior High School girls tennis team was anxious to get on the courts again.
Monday, the MSHS squad hosted Escanaba in a make-up match and showed little rust, claiming a 6-2 victory at the Shiras Courts.
"It was important to get competitive again," Marquette head coach Derek Sandstrom said. "We only had one practice last week and it was nice to play."
Marquette No. 1 singles player Maddy Gardiner returns a volley from Escanaba’s Johanna Snowden during the second set of a match at Marquette Senior High School on Monday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
The Redettes, with Maddy Gardner leading the way at No. 1, swept all four singles matches. She beat Johanna Snowden, 6-2, 6-0.
Hannah Johnson at No. 2, Mallory Asano at No. 3 and Eliza Annelin at No. 4 also captured singles matches for MSHS.
"I was trying to get my shots good and working to get ready for (the Great Northern Conference meet on Wednesday at Kingsford)," Johnson said after her 6-0, 6-0 win over Karlie Mayville.
"I just tried to stay consistent with my shots today. I didn't go for too many kill shots, but I put pressure on my opponent."
Johnson said a stiff wind with gusts up to 25-30 mph was a problem at first.
"But once you get a feel for it and know what it's doing, you can use it to your advantage," she said.
Sandstrom particularly noted Annelin's dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over Olivia LaForest.
"She played well," the coach said. "In August against the same girl, the match went three sets."
Escanaba's two wins came at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Braedyn Bosilovatz and Cathryn Wood at first doubles, and Jalyn Dagenais and Zoe Berquist at No. 2, won in straight sets.
Eskymos head coach Denny Lueneburg did not have the services of his No. 1 singles player, Codi Jenshak. She had another commitment.
"We had to juggle our lineup," Lueneburg said. "(Marquette) beat us 5-3 in Escanaba earlier this season and I thought with Jenshak in the lineup (Monday), we had a chance to tie (Marquette).
"But I'm never disappointed in the girls. They come out and play hard."
Marquette also won two doubles matches, Danielle Nestor and Mackenzie Verbek at No. 3, and Madalyne Connon and Madison Reboldt at No. 4. Both groups went to three sets.
"The first match, it was real windy," Verbeke said after she and Nestor rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Audrey Wilson and Brianna Dault. "We kept hitting (the ball) out, or right at the person at the net.
"We just had to get back into a groove."
Added Nestor: "We just got back into what we usually do and started to get into it. Our serves got better, too."
At No. 4 doubles, the Redettes' Connon and Reboldt outlasted Shelby Gregoire and Olivia Berquist, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
"That was Madison's first varsity match," Sandstrom said. "Our No. 1 doubles got away from us. They were a little rusty. But the other doubles were good, competitive matches."
He added MSHS doubles starter Laura Slavsky, who has been playing with a separated shoulder, should be back into action today after undergoing physical therapy Monday.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.