IRON RIVER, Mich. — The Menominee girls tennis team hit another milestone in Monday’s match against West Iron County as the Maroons’ doubles team’s came to play as they beat the Wykons 5-3.
Coach Nikki Mathieu’s teams have previously only ever lost or tied to WIC, making it the third time this season that this Maroons’ team did something no other team was able to do.
“It’s great to take a win against teams that used to beat up on us pretty bad,” Mathieu said. “The girls have been working hard in practice and doing better. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re getting there.”
Menominee’s only doubles loss came at the No. 1 spot, as Abbie Anglehart and Meghan Francour were taken down by Tori Bociek and Madison Beruitti 6-0, 6-0, but the rest of the doubles squads picked them up.
The other two Maroon losses came when Erin Barrette fell to Aurora Dahl 6-2, 6-4 and Makenzie Wellner fell to Brynee Nodurtt 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 in a third-set tiebreak up to 10 points since the lighting was getting too tough to see.
“One doubles and three and four singles just couldn’t get into a groove,” Mathieu said. “Wellner played well, but the tiebreaker decision was a tough one. I never like to do that because sometimes you need that win for seeding reason, but the girls decided to play a tiebreak up to 10 and she just fell short.”
Emma Anderson and Rylee Doyle had no troubles with Kat Hemeleski and Aubrey Bice 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles; Anna Nerat and Kennedy Olson took down Callista Borolamialli and Autumn Smith 6-1, 6-3 and Jada VanBeek and Bella LaVia defeated Hailee Bradshaw and Bailey Hottart 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 for three Maroon points.
At No. 1 singles, Jenna Nolde kept her perfect season alive with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Livea Mazurak and Josie Hofer gained another point for the Maroons as she easily topped Kali Applin 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
Menominee’s JV players got a chance to show off what they have picked up so far this season against WIC as Pearl Wellens won her match 6-2, the doubles team of Lola Doyle and Raquel Botbyl won 8-1 and the only JV loss came when the duo of Makayla Sinks and Kamryn Olson fell 2-8.
“I was really excited to watch the JV tonight,” Mathieu said. “Sometimes they don’t always get to play especially now with the coronavirus guidelines most teams usually just bring their 12 varsity players, so when they get a chance to play they get excited about it and they all have improved so much.”
The next time the Maroons hit the courts will be on Wednesday when they travel to Gladstone for a huge matchup against Negaunee.
“Negaunee is going to be a big test for the girls,” Mathieu said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we look against one of the top teams in the U.P.”
No. 1 — Nolde (M) def. Mazurak 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 — Hofer (M) def. Applin 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 —Dahl (N) def. Barrette 6-2, 6-4; No. 4 — Nodurtt (N) def. Wellner 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.
No. 1 — Bociek & Berutti (N) def. Anglehart & Francour 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Anderson & Doyle (M) def. Hemeleski & Bice 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 — Nerat & Olson (M) def. Borolamialli & Smith 6-1, 6-3; No. 4 — VanBeek & LaVia (M) def. Bradshaw & Hottart 6-3, 6-0.