Eskymos nearly shut out Braves
ESCANABA — Two rivals faced off Friday despite the cold the wind was bringing, and it was a battle of the reduced here as both teams competed without some varsity players. It was Escanaba girls tennis that came out on top, overwhelming the Gladstone Braves 7-1.
Gladstone’s sole win came at No. 3 singles, where the Braves’ Addison Trombley contained Escanaba’s Ukiah Penegor in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
“Addison Trombley for Gladstone played a great match against Ukiah Penegor today,” Esky coach Chris Ogren said. “She made very few errors en route to a straight-set win.”
It was all Eskymos all the way down for the remainder.
“It was a nice win today,” Ogren said. “It was unfortunate that both teams were without usual players from their varsity lineups (Gladstone missing three, Escanaba missing one).”
At No. 1 singles, Esky’s Jacey Moreau shut out Gladstone’s Kate Matthews, 6-0, 6-0, and Sophia Derkos did the same to Gladstone’s Rachel Krouth at No. 2.
The Braves’ Mandee Barron won one game from Amanda Beem during the No. 4 match, but couldn’t stop the Eskymo, 6-0, 6-1.
As for doubles, the Gladstone duo of Emma Wagner and Alesha Marenger challenged Erica Moore and Madi Mishica in the first set of No. 1 doubles — even going to a tie-break, but the Braves lost their momentum in the second set, 7-6(2), 6-1.
Esky’s Gracie Wickham and Lizzy Sliva cruised through the first set of No. 2 against Montgomery Pepin and Maggie Buckley, but the Braves found their footing in the second set. Despite being on the back foot, the Eskymos pulled out a tight two-set win, 6-0, 7-5.
“No. 1 and No. 2 doubles both produced some close sets that could have gone either way,” Ogren said.
At No. 3, McKenna Bullen and Lilia Hughes earned the win over the Braves’ Lahna Castor and Sophia Rosa, 6-1, 6-3, and the Eskymos’ Delaney McIntyre and Leslie Purcell controlled No. 4 against Megan Robinson and Chloe Charlebois, 6-2, 6-2.
For JVs, Esky’s Faith Lancour edged out Reese Herioux, 7-6(3), in a singles match, and Liv Royer and Violet Hawn beat out Gladstone’s Sylvia Nault and Charlotte Hanson.
“Faith Lancour was able to play her first singles match at JV in over a month today, and she won her set in a tiebreaker (7-3),” Ogren said. “This is Faith’s senior year, her first year in tennis and we are certainly happy that she came out this year.
“Alivia Royer and Violet Hawn were also able to get a win in a JV match today. Great tennis today from both the varsity and JV levels.”
Escanaba visits Negaunee Monday, while Gladstone hosts Ishpeming.
No. 1 — Moreau, E, def. Matthews, G, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Derkos, E, def. Krouth, G, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 — Trombley, G, def. Penegor, E, 6-1, 6-3; No. 4 — Beem, E, def. Barron, G, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Moore-Mishica, E, def. Wagner-Marenger, G, 7-6(2), 6-1; No. 2 — Wickham-Sliva, E, def. Pepin-Buckley, G, 6-0, 7-5; No. 3 — Bullen-Hughes, E, def. Castor-Rosa, G, 6-1, 6-3; No. 4 — McIntyre-Purcell, E, def. Robinson-Charlebois, G, 6-2, 6-2.