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Kingsford duo sweeps Michigan-Wisconsin Open

August 6, 2012
By John Vrancic - Staff Writer , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Opponents one day, teammates the next.

That's the way it was for Kingsford High School senior Samantha Fleming and junior Hannah Tresedder in this weekend's Michigan-Wisconsin Tennis Open.

Fleming and Tresedder who met in the girls' age 16-18 singles final Saturday, then combined forces in a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 triumph over Abbi Kill and Allison Carlson of Negaunee in Sunday's doubles final.

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Sam Fleming of Kingsford battles her Flivvers’ teammate Hannah Tresedder during Saturday’s women’s singles final at the Michigan-Wisconsin tennis Open in Ludington?Park

"I thought we did pretty good as a team," said Tresedder. "Our serving was pretty good."

After winning the tie-break in the first set, the Kingsford teammates surged to a 3-0 advantage in the second.

"Winning the tie-break definitely gave us momentum going into the second set," said Fleming. "The first set obviously took a long time. Then, we started hitting the way we usually do. We had some great volleys."

The stiff southwest wind made for some interesting playing conditions on this sunny and seasonably cool day.

"I think hitting with the wind was a little harder," said Tresedder. "Everything seemed to go out (of bounds)."

Dave Fix and Codi Jenshak of Escanaba captured the Mixed A division with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Andrew Ulmstead and Michelle Stewart of Marquette.

"We served and set each other up pretty well," said Jenshak, who hopes to play No. 1 singles again this fall for the Eskymos. "I think this will help me out quite a bit going into the high school season. I had a chance to work on groundstrokes and everything else."

Fix used the tournament as part of his condition for football.

"This gave me a chance to work on my footwork," said Fix, who also plays No. 1 doubles in boys' tennis in the spring. "This also gave me an opportunity to brush up on things. We were communicating real well. We got beat in the semifinals the past two years, so we're glad we finally won it."

Mark Stinski of Appleton, Wis. and Nathan Killsdonk of Oshkosh, Wis. copped A men's doubles, topping Brett and Kevin Girard of Marquette 6-3, 6-2.

"Brett beat me in the singles finals (on Saturday), so it felt good to beat him in doubles today," said Stinski. "It was hard hitting the ball against the wind and almost harder playing with it. It had a tendency to move the ball around. You had to have a top spin with the wind or slice the ball to keep it low.

"We've been coming up here the past 18-20 years and use this as vacation time. We really enjoy coming to this tournament. It's a great time."

Brett Girard was quick to give the Wisconsin netters their due.

"They played well today," said Girard. "They won couple of the big points, which was probably the difference. The wind made it interesting. Our lobs were going all over the place."

Mark then teamed with his wife Patti for the Mixed B finals in which they rallied past Killsdonk and Morgan Rounds of Oshkosh 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 for the title in an intense match which featured some long volleys and rapid exchange on returns.

"Sometimes the friendly rivalries make for the toughest matches," said Patti. "They (Killsdonk and Rounds) are very good players. About the only time Mark and I play together is when we come up here. We play together well, I think."

Michelle Miller of Escanaba and Olivia Barron of Wells won the women's B round-robin event, topping Carol Drosner of Green Bay and Audrey Noel of DePere, Wis. (6-7, 6-3, 10-8) and Amber Lippold of Escanaba and Judy Wise of Gladstone (6-3, 6-1).

Former Escanaba resident Wayne Finman and Tom Pence of Ishpeming outlasted Matt Matta and Josh Kitto of Ishpeming 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 for the men's B crown.

Also among the area winners were Aaron Parmet of Bryce Wolf of Gladstone in boys' doubles.



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