Redettes thwart Esky
ESCANABA — The Escanaba girls were unable to win any flights in an 8-0 tennis loss at Marquette last month.
Sophomore Jacey Moreau broke through for the Eskymos this time, enabling them to avoid a shutout in a 7-1 loss to the Redettes Tuesday.
“Marquette is a very good team,” said Esky coach Chris Ogren. “Most of our matches were closer today than they were in August. Jacey Moreau lost in three sets in August, but was able to win in three sets today. Our team has improved a lot and I’m hoping we continue to improve through the remainder of the season.”
Moreau defeated Mollie Kilpeck 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in No. 2 singles on this sunny and mild afternoon, securing the victory on a shot which stayed on Kilpeck’s side of the net.
Kilpeck led 2-1 in the third set, then double-faulted on a pair of serves, leaving the score tied at 2.
“I think the momentum started to turn when she double-faulted,” said Moreau. “I also started to gain some confidence. She’s pretty good, but I was able to make some adjustments this time. It’s fun playing her. I think playing her makes me better.”
Senior Heather Bergstrom continued her transition from doubles while dropping a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Elyse Olivier at No. 1 singles.
“She’s real good,” said Bergstrom, who played doubles the past three years. “Their whole team is real good. This has definitely been a learning experience, but I have improved all season. We got a lot of good points with each other. This is very different from doubles, but I’m a competitive player. I like the challenge of it.”
Marquette again swept the doubles with the most competitive match taking place at No. 2 in which Carly Sandstrom and Kennedy Tate took a 6-4, 6-3 decision from juniors Allison Sommers and Maddy Ide.
Esky resumes at Kingsford Thursday.
No. 1 — Olivier, M, def. Bergstrom, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Moreau, E, def. Kilpeck, 6-4. 1-6, 6-4; No. 3 — Kallio, M, def. Mishica, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 — Robina, M, def. Penegor, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 — Tripp-Kivi, M, def. Knudson-Clark, 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 — C. Sandstrom-Tate, M, def. Sommers-Ide, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 — Jackson-B. Sandstrom, M, def. Perrault-Koish, 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 — Talbacka-McCarthy, M, def. Sliva-Branstrom, 6-2, 6-1.