GLADSTONE - Strong play from their singles flights helped the Gladstone Braves secure a 4-4 tie with Menominee Monday afternoon at Pfotenhauer Park.
Alison Austin led the way with a convincing victory at No. 1 singles over Molly Jackson 6-2, 6-2. Also rolling by a comfortable margin was No. 3 singles player Lauren Parrett who defeated Brianna Chaltry 6-2, 6-0.
Gabby Movalson won a three-set match that went to a tiebreaker over Sara Henes at No. 2 singles, taking the flight 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
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Alison?Austin of Gladstone leans in for a swing at No. 1 singles against Menominee’s Molly Jackson?Monday afternoon at Pfotenhauer Park. Austin won 6-2, 6-2.
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Gladstone’s Lauren?Parrett runs to return a shot at No. 3 singles against Brianna Chaltry of Menominee on Monday. Parrett won 6-2, 6-0
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Gladstone's No. 1 doubles player Bridget Becker hits the ball back during her team's match Monday. Becker and teammate Nicolle Trudeau won 7-5, 6-1.
"I was very happy with our singles play. Gabby really fought hard for three sets and it was a good win for her," said Braves coach Rich Trombly.
Doubles was another story. The Braves did get one victory at No. 1 doubles when Bridget Becker and Nicolle Trudeau overcame Erika Wurth and Kellie McCarthy 7-5, 6-1.
But the Maroons were able to win two 3-set matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to help them to the tie.
Gladstone 4, Menominee 4
No. 1 - Alison Austin, G, def. Molly Jackson 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 - Gabby Movalson, G, def. Sara Henes 6-3, 3-6, 7-6; No. 3- Lauren Parrett, G, def. Brianna Chaltry 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 - Jessica Nutter, M, def. Cassandra LaMarche 7-5, 6-4.
No. 1 - Bridget Becker-Nicolle Trudeau, G, def. Erika Wurth-Kellie McCarthy 7-5, 6-1; No. 2 - Emma Hitch-Lindsey Furton, M, def. Brooke Douglas-Melissa Casey 7-5; 4-6, 6-4; No. 3 - Lexi Christian-Ali Odea, M 6-2, 0-6, 6-3; No. 4 - Amber Woods-Malrissa Tetzlaff, M, def. Kayla Wiltzius-Audrey Strom 6-4, 6-4.
"We didn't execute very well in the doubles matches today and we need to clean that up before (U.P. Finals) Wednesday," said Trombly.
The Braves will play in the U.P. tennis finals Wednesday in Marquette.