Redettes capture GNC girls tennis title

KINGSFORD — With 24 match points, the Marquette Redettes girls tennis team was crowned champions of the Great Northern Conference in a meet held at the Kingsford High School tennis facility Wednesday.

With the meet beginning in the morning and lasting into the evening, it saw various levels of typical U.P fall weather, including strong wind at times.

“As a team, I thought we played pretty well today,” Marquette head coach Derek Sandstrom said. “But we have plenty of room for improvement over the next week, and hopefully we can do that before U.P. Finals.”

Marquette had three first-place finishers on the day. Elysa Olivier won the No. 1 singles bracket, defeating Andie Balenger of Gladstone 6-1, 6-1. Campbell Kallio won No. 3 singles defeating Gladstone’s Kate Matthews 6-2, 6-0. And Zoey Brian-Ruth Hummell won No. 3 doubles defeating Aurora Dahl-Madison Berutti of West Iron County.

Gladstone finished second with 14 points, one point ahead of third place West Iron County with 13 points. One point behind the Wykons was Menominee with 12 points and a fourth place finish.

Escanaba’s 10 points placed fifth, and meet host Kingsford tallied seven points for sixth. Conference newcomer Munising finished in seventh place.

Kingsford’s Lizzy Cross won No. 4 singles over Marquette’s Haddie Katzenberger 6-3, 6-4.

West Iron County won the top two doubles flights. Eden Golliher and Tori Bociek won No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-2 over Marquette’s Kennedy Tate and Ryleigh Jackson. Wykons’ Emily Nelson and Anna Malmquist defeated Gladstone’s Emma Delaire and Emily Marenger 6-0, 6-2.

Some of Wednesday’s competing teams still have regular season dual matches left. All seven teams will prepare for Wednesday, Oct. 2, which is U.P. Finals.

West Iron and Munising will compete in Division 2 at various courts in Iron Mountain-Kingsford. Escanaba, Gladstone, Kingsford, Marquette and Menominee join host Negaunee in the Division 1 Finals.


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