ISHPEMING - The Gladstone Braves tennis team received a balanced effort, taking three of four singles and splittlng their doubles matches, resulting in their first team victory of the season as they defeated Ishpeming 5-3 Monday.
Two matches went to tiebreakers and the Braves won them both. At No. 2 singles, John Hammer prevailed over Guillermo Ansede in the second set, winning a hard fought match 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. At No. 2 doubles Spencer Pederson and Jake Kujala took care of the Hematites' Jordan Musser and Josh Penrose 6-3, 7-6(6-2).
"I thought the team played much better today," said coach Dan Williams. "One and two doubles played much more aggressively and that helped a lot. John Hammer at No. 2 singles had a marathon match and was able to pull it out.
"It was a great team effort. I think this win will give the team some much needed confidence."
Gladstone 5, Ishpeming 3
No. 1 - Aaron Parmet, G def. Lucas Lisowski 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 - John Hammer, G def. Guillermo Ansede 1-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-4; No. 3 - Peter Weyers, G, def. Tony Gravedoni 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - Jorge Muela, I, def. Drew Griebel 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 - Tyler Wells-Jeremy Kadish, G, def. Kirk Guckenberg-Cody Johnson 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Spencer Pederson-Jake Kujala, G, def. Jordan Musser-Josh Penrose 6-3, 7-6(6-2); No. 3 - Bodenn Denzel-Josh Kitto, I, def. Jalen Goc-Tyler Krause 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 - Zach Johnson-Jake Pederson I, def. Adrian LaVigne-Alex Berg 6-2, 6-3.