Eskymos boys deflate Patriots
ESCANABA — The Escanaba Eskymos boys tennis team defeated the Westwood Patriots 7-1 Friday afternoon in a dual meet in Escanaba.
Escanaba coach Tom Penegor noted the advantage of having two consecutive days of meets.
“We had a nice, long, hard-fought match with Negaunee yesterday. Then you play the day after that,” Penegor said. “What you try to do then is work out any of the kinks or things that didn’t quite go you’re way from yesterday and try to make those corrections today. In most cases, we were able to do that.”
In singles, Escanaba swept the Patriots with Gunner Dlugas getting the win at No. 1, Shaun Beauchamp at No. 2, Nathan Howes at No. 3 and Connor Smale No.4.
The only Escanaba loss of the day came in a hard-fought doubles match between Eskymos Isaac Maki and Ryan Moreau and Westwood’s Garrett Mann and Ryan LaFountain.
The match went three sets with Maki and Moreau taking the first 6-1. Mann and LaFountain won the second and third 7-5 and 6-4.
“It was a competitive, three-set, match that was going back and forth,” said Penegor. “You could feel the tension a little bit during the match towards the end there where we were serving to stay in the match
“Those are learning blocks that will hopefully help us later on when we get into those tight situations. Hopefully, we can come through that next time. We didn’t quite do it today. But they played hard just like Westwood did.”
Penegor added how great it was to see both teams supporting the four athletes.
“It was nice to see everybody all-around from both teams watching these two doubles teams play against each other,” he said. “And there’s a little extra pressure then because you got everyone watching. It was fun.”
At No. 4 doubles, Joe Hubert and Evan St. Peter earned their first varsity wins defeating Patrick Klumpp and Trevor Chantelois of Westood 6-4, 6-2.
Rounding out the doubles victors for Escanaba were Tanner McDonald and Dawson Williams at No. 2 and Jordan Nance and Brayden Roberts at No. 3.
Penegor mentioned both Westwood’s youth lack of experience this season compared to Escanaba’s.
“Westwood is a young team,” he said. “We were more prepared and more tennis ready because we played yesterday where this was Westwood’s first match.”
Escanaba hosts Gladstone Tuesday afternoon.
No. 1 — Dlugas, E, def. Adriano, W, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Beauchamp, E, def. Prophet, W, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 — Howes, E, def. Markham, W, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 — Smale, E, def. Niemi, W, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1– Mann-LaFountain, W, def. Maki-Moreau, E, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 — McDonald-Williams E, def. Misale-Papp, W, 6-0,6-0; No. 3 — Nance-Roberts, E, def. Tossava-Senske, W, 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 — Hubert-St. Peter, E, def. Chantelois-Klumpp, W, 6-4,6-2.