Eskymos’ tennis edges Flivvers 6-2

Austin Hemmingson | Daily Press Escanaba’s Nathan Lord backhands the ball during a No. 2 doubles match Tuesday at Escanaba.

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Eskymos stepped up their level of play Tuesday in a 6-2 tennis victory over the Kingsford Flivvers.

Esky swept the singles matches and won No. 3 and 4 doubles.

“This is a big win for us because they beat us 6-2 at their place,” said Esky coach Tom Penegor. “I think this is our biggest accomplishment this year. They didn’t have Brett HIcks at No. 1 singles due to illness, but they kept the rest of their lineup the same as in the first meeting. At Marquette, we lost some 3-setters (in Monday’s 7-1 loss) and I think the first time we played Kingsford we had three 3-setters and lost them all. We tried to get the guys fired up a little bit.”

Christer Carne beat Logan Smith 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Gunner Dlugas defeated Jack Perpich (6-0, 6-1) in No. 2. Tom Mayville rallied past Caleb Boone (1-6, 6-4, 6-0) in No. 3 and Shaun Beauchamp topped Pablo Cano, an exchange student from Spain, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 at No. 4.

“Gunner lost to Perpich Saturday (in the Kingsford Invitational), but he really played well today,” said Penegor. “I was impressed with Shaun’s play today. Pablo beat him the first time. Shaun is learning to play in that competitive atmosphere and compete in that environment. I was also happy to see Tom fight back because he had been struggling. Hopefully, this will help get him over the hump.”

In No. 4 doubles, Esky’s Garrett Johnson and Isaac Maki outlasted Cole Bracket and Marcus Michaud 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

“That match lasted nearly two hours and was very closely played,” said Penegor. “I was happy to see them compete. It was a back-and-forth and very entertaining match. That was a good victory for them.”

The Eskymos resume today at Gladstone at 4:30.

Singles

No. 1 — Carne, E, def. Smith, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Dlugas, E, def. Perpich, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 — Mayville, E, def. Boone, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; No. 4 — Beauchamp, E, def. Cano, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Doubles

No. 1 — Beauchamp-Fortner, K, def. Burch-LaMarche, 6-0, 6-3; No. 2 — Kopp-Fox, K, def. Lord-Moreau, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; No. 3 — Valentine-Lamarch, E, def. Moreau-Hellman, 6-1, 7-5; No. 4 — Johnson-Maki, E, def. Bracket-Michaud, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

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