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Iron Mountain, Kingsford settle for tennis tie

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) Kingsford’s No. 2 doubles player Jenna Olkkonen serves the ball, as teammate Liz Penegor awaits action, on Monday at Kingsford. Olkkonen and Penegor defeated Iron Mountain’s Danika Juul and Natalia Brown 6-3, 6-2.

By Matt “Sweets” McCarthy

Sports Writer

KINGSFORD — The Iron Mountain versus Kingsford Twin City rivalry was renewed once again Monday afternoon, as the two schools took to the hard courts for non-conference girls tennis. The teams dueled to a 4-4 tie; Iron Mountain swept the singles matches, while Kingsford captured all the doubles matches.

The match was Iron Mountain’s home match, but it took place at the Kingsford High School Tennis Facility so all matches could be played at one place. This decision was made by both teams coaches and athletic directors.

“It’s always a positive sign when we can sweep our singles matches, and I am proud of the way all four of those girls played,” said Iron Mountain coach Marcus Celello. “Claire Mongrain and Arianna Morel once again proved they are more than capable of holding down the top of our lineup, as they have consistently shown throughout the season.”

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) Iron Mountain’s No. 4 Singles player Elle Lofholm hits the ball back to her opponent, Kingsford’s Ashley Demay, Monday at Kingsford. Lofholm defeated Demay in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

Celello added that Callie Bianco is having a very strong season, and Elle Lofholm continues to improve every match.

Kingsford head coach Tracy Rutter noted, “Today was a perfect setting for a fun crosstown rival match. Singles scores again don’t reflect their ability. We need to find consistency.

“Our doubles continue to impress me, all of our doubles teams work and communicate so well together.”

The Flivvers remain home today and host Westwood in a non-conference match. Iron Mountain heads to Ishpeming Wednesday after today’s match with Gladstone was postponed.

“I would have liked to see us pull out at least one of our doubles matches today. However, these matches presented us with some learning opportunities and areas to improve in, such as communication and footwork,” Cellelo added.

Kingsford 4

Iron Mountain 4

Singles: No. 1 – Claire Mongrain, IM, def. Maggie Menghini, KHS, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 – Arianna Morel, IM, def. Maegan Dooley, KHS, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Callie Bianco, IM, def. Kylie Mitchell, KHS, 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 – Elle Lofholm, IM, def. Ashley DeMay, KHS, 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles:

No. 1 – Teagan Petschar-Lizzy Cross, KHS, def. Bella Brown-Aziza Burgoon, IM, 6-4, 6-0; No. 2 – Liz Penegor-Jenna Olkkonen, KHS, def. Danika Juul-Natalia Brown, IM, 6-3 , 6-2; No. 3 – Brooke Bittinger-Macy Holmes, KHS, def. Anika Cameron-Anja Kleiman, IM , 6-4 , 6-0; No. 4 – Ashlyn Blaskowski-Paige Janoshek, KHS, def. Emma Axberg-Emma Golfis, IM , 6-0 , 6-1.

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