Escanaba tennis handles Menominee
Editor’s note: This story arrived to the Daily Press after the deadline for Friday’s paper.
MENOMINEE — The Menominee boys tennis team came away with two wins against Escanaba at home on Thurday, but the Eskymos got the better of the Maroons in a 5-2 win.
Menominee’s first win came in a wild No. 1 doubles match between the Maroons’ Kyle Anderson and Cade Fernstrum and Eksy’s Garrett LaMarche and Travis Burch.
Anderson and Fernstrum easily won the first set 6-1 before turning around and dropping the second by the same score. In the third and deciding set, Menominee’s duo got back to their first set form and put the match away with a 6-2 win.
“Kyle and Cade had a rollercoaster of a match,” Menominee coach Sam Larson said.
“They rolled through the first set and then their placement got a little sloppy in the second set, but they were able to battle back and finish strong in the third. It was nice to see them turn the tide back in their favor.”
The other Maroons win came at No. 3 doubles from the team of Brady Schultz and Aidan Bellisle. The two played some of their best tennis of the year to get a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ian Valentine and Sean Beauchamp.
“(Aidan and Brady) were extremely aggressive at the net and put a lot of pressure on Esky,” Larson said. “They’ll only get better with experience, but I was impressed with the way they played today.”
Tyler Kuester was defeated by Christer Carne at No. 1 singles 3-6, 4-6; Steve Polaski lost a heartbreaker at No. 2 singles 6-7, 6-7 to Gunner Dlugas and Felipe Zamora dropped his No. 3 singles match to Tommy Mayville 1-6, 1-6.
At No. 2 doubles, Noah Everard and Braeden Parrett had some troubles with Esky’s Nathan Lord and Ryan Moreau, losing 1-6, 2-6 and Aden Laurin and Jason Bowers fell at No. 4 doubles 6-7, 2-6 to Garrett Johnson and Isaac Maki.
“The guys tried to put some of the things we worked on in practice to use in their matches today, so that was good to see,” Larson said.
“We’re trying to peak in the next two weeks as we approach the GNC’s and U.P.’s.”
Escanaba hosts Munising and Iron Mountain in a triangular match Monday.
No. 1 — Carne (E) def. Kuester (M) 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 — Dlugas (E) def. Polaski (M) 7-6, 7-6; No. 3 — Mayville (E) def. Zamora (M) 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 — (E) won by forfeit.
No. 1 — Fernstrum-Anderson (M) def. LaMarche-Burch (E) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2; No. 2 — Lord-Moreau (E) def. Everard-Parrett (M) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 — Bellisle-Schultz (M) def. Valentine-Beauchamp (E) 6-2, 7-5; No. 4 — Johnson-Maki (E) def. Laurin-Bowers 7-6, 6-2.