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Balenger named all-state in tennis

Austin Hemmingson | Daily Press Gladstone’s Andie Balenger hits a return shot during a No. 1 singles match against Escanaba Sept. 9 at Gladstone. Balenger was named All-State and All-U.P. in Division 1.

NEGAUNEE — Gladstone’s Andie Balenger put together a strong senior tennis season, good enough for her to be named All-State in Division 1 singles.

Balenger, who finished second at the Great Northern Conference meet, lost just one time during the regular season to Marquette’s Elysa Olivier.

Olivier, who finished her senior season undefeated and won three individual titles in her career, was named Player of the Year in the U.P. by the D-1 coaches last week in Negaunee before D-1 finals. She was also named All-State, along with teammate Mollie Kilpela. D-1 champ Marquette was named Team of the Year.

Negaunee’s Morgan Carlson and Katelyn Lammi were the only doubles tandem to be named All-State.

Balenger and Escanaba’s Jasmine Clark were each named All-U.P. first team in singles. Other All-U.P. singles players include Olivier, Kilpela, Negaunee’s Lillian Nelson and Jillian Skewis, Menominee’s Jenna Nolde and Kingsford’s Stephanie List.

Receiving honorable mention were Escanaba’s Jacey Moreau, Menominee’s Josie Hofer, Negaunee’s Lexi Mason and Marquette’s Campbell Kallio.

In doubles, Escanaba’s Maddy Ide and Alison Sommers and Gladstone’s Marnnea LaFave and Olivia Saari were named All-U.P. first team. Joining them are Carlson and Lammi, Kingsford’s Anna Murvich and Bailey Johnson, Menominee’s Meghan Francour and Emma Anderson, and Marquette’s Ryleigh Jackson and Kennedy Tate.

Earning honorable mention was Negaunee’s Tianna Williams and Shaylee Menhennick.

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