GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Braves were nearly able to pull off a stalemate with the Escanaba girls Monday afternoon, but the Eskymos were able to stay the course and come away with a victory on the road.
The singles matches went almost entirely to the Braves, winning three out of the four matches. The lone winner for the Escanaba girls came from Codi Jenshak, who beat Gladstone's No. 1 singles player Alison Austin 6-0, 6-0.
On the other hand, the doubles matches went entirely to Escanaba, who won all four of their events. The only matchup of the day that went to three full sets was the No. 1 doubles, which the advantage would eventually fall into the hands of Escanaba's Braedyn Bosilovitz and Cathryn Wood, who won 6-7, 6-2, 6-0.
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Cathryn Wood battles during her No. 1 doubles match Monday. The match was the only one of the afternoon that went three full sets.
"I feel like we've improved a lot as a team, Jenshak said. "We just have to keep practicing hard, and keep playing outside of practice. But especially, we have to continue keeping the fire, and wanting to improve for the end of season and the U.P.'s."
Jenshak is on a bit of a hot streak right now, defeating two of the U.P's top-tier No. 1 singles players within three days of each other. On Saturday, she defeated Kingsford's Samantha Fleming at the Kingsford Invitational in a grueling 3-set match that ended 5-7, 6-3, 10-7.
"It felt good to win (that match)," she said. "I knew I could do it.
Escanaba 5, Gladstone 3
SINGLES: No. 1 - Codi Jenshak, E, def. Alison Austin 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 - Gabby Movalson, G, def. Johanna Snowden 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 - Lauren Parrett, G, def. Karli Mayville 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 - Cassandra LaMarche, G, def. Olivia Laforest 6-2, 6-3.
DOUBLES: No. 1 - Braedyn Bosilovitz-Cathryn Wood, E, def. Nicolle Trudeau-Bridget Becker 6-7, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 - Jalyn Dagenais-Zoe Berquist, E, def. Brooke Douglas-Melissa Casey 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 - Audrey
Wilson-Breanna Dault, E, def. Anna Caramella-Paige Schwartz 7-5, 6-3; No. 4 - Shelbie Gregoire-Olivia Berquist, E, def. Audrey Strom-Kayla Wiltzins 6-4, 6-3.
"Last year, I think we split wins and losses. I knew it was possible, I just had to keep my mistakes to a minimum."
Her coach, Dennis Lueneburg, really likes to see the work ethic that Jenshak brings week in and week out.
"In tennis, it's not just about hitting the ball back and forth; you've got to have a variety of shots, and Codi does that very well."
Gladstone's Gabby Movalson, who won her match 6-1, 6-4 Monday, sounded hopeful about the direction the Braves are taking.
"As a team, we are kind of young, but we're all improving," she said. "Throughout the season, we are going to get better."
Movalson's coach, Rich Trombly, saw room for improvement from his team, but he didn't sound overly concerned about their ability to get there.
"We have to execute better than we have been doing," Trombly said, "but I
have no problem with where we're at right now, (or) where we're headed."
Today, Escanaba was to play Kingsford at 11am, while Gladstone traveled to Menominee to face off against the Maroons.