Braves bucked by Mustangs

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone tennis team fell 7-1 against the Munising Mustangs here Thursday.

Peter Noblet earned Gladstone’s lone win at No. 4 singles with a quick two-set victory over Munising’s Joe Holcomb 6-1, 6-0.

“Peter Noblet had a great match at No. 4 singles,” Braves’ coach Dan Williams said. “He was serving really well and was moving his opponent around the court a lot, which was really good. He had much more consistent play today, which helped.”

Gladstone’s other singles all fell in two sets.

Carter Hedman and Rane Castor created more trouble for their partners again, dropping the first set of No. 3 doubles 6-4 and entering a tie-break for the second. At 6-6, they entered and lost a tie-break game 10-8 to lose the second set and the match 7-6.

“No. 3 doubles with Carter and Rane went down to the wire. They lost the first set but came back in the second. It ended up going to a tie-breaker but they ended up losing it 8-10,” Williams said.

“It was a great effort by them though. They were placing their shots much better and they had some really good volleys at the net. They worked really well together as a team and that was great to see.”

The Braves’ No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 doubles all lost in two sets.

“All in all, I think we played more consistently than we did against Escanaba and had some closer matches, so I feel good about the progress today,” Williams said. “It doesn’t show on the scores, but we had definite improvement in areas.”

Gladstone (1-9) travels to Negaunee Saturday for the Negaunee Invitational.

Singles

No. 1 — Schieding, M, def. Flaminio, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 — Coyne, M, def. Barteld, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Westcomb, M, def. Torvinen, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 — Noblet, G, def. Holcomb, 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles

No. 1 — Peters-Werner, M, def. Anderson-Smith, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Sese-Holloway, M, def. E. Dawson-Artes, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 — Matson-Masters, M, def. Hedman-Castor, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8); No. 4 — Van Zandt-Borowski, M, def. C. Dawson-Leonoff, 6-3, 7-5.

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