MENOMINEE — After suffering a 2-6 loss at Marquette on Friday with four of the normal varsity players missing, a fully-loaded Menominee girls tennis team avenged that loss with a 7-1 victory on Thursday on the Maroons’ home courts for the team’s first win over the Redettes since Nikki Mathieu took over as head coach.
“Another one for the record books this year,” Mathieu said after the match. “Marquette is normally a pretty tough match, but with our full team today we were really on top of it. We didn’t practice Monday and then Tuesday it rained, so Wednesday I rented the Rec Center and we had a really good practice with a lot of hitting. I’m so proud of the girls for the way they played today.”
Menominee’s only loss of the day came at No. 4 singles as Bella LaVia fell to Julianna Golisek 4-6, 0-6.
The match of the day came at No. 3 singles as Erin Barrette gutted out a three-plus hour match to take a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 marathon victory over Marquette’s Ruth Humell.
“Erin never gave up and just kept with it the whole match,” Mathieu said. “Proud of her for this one.”
Barrette might have played the longest match, but it wasn’t the only that went to three sets.
Menominee’s Josie Hofer pulled out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Haddie Ketzenberger, the duo of Abbie Anglehart and Meghan Francour defeated Zoey Brian and Bre Sundstrom 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles and Anna Nerat and Kennedy Olson topped Eliina Brazeau and Kaia Miller 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.
“All of these girls never gave up,” Mathieu said. “We are continuing to work on our mental game which is a constant battle. We really tired (Marquette) out today, started playing our game and playing with confidence and just focused on what was working.”
At No. 1 singles, Jenna Nolde breezed by Campbell Kallio 6-3, 6-3, Emma Anderson and Rylee Doyle cleaned up Alyson LaBelle and Hannah Young 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles and finishing up the sweep in doubles at No. 4 was Jada VanBeek and Makenzie Wellner who beat Nistha Gautam and Sam Heikkila 7-5, 6-1.
“Confidence and communication was key for our doubles today, and Jenna was just Jenna,” Mathieu said.
Menominee will travel to West Iron County on Monday for a GNC match against the Wykons.
No. 1 — Nolde (M) def. Kallio (MQT) 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 — Hofer (M) def. Ketzenberger (MQT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; No. 3 — Barrette (M) def. Humell (MQT) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 — Golisek (MQT) def. LaVia (M) 4-6, 0-6.
No. 1 — Anglehart & Francour (M) def. Brian & Sundstrom (MQT) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; No. 2 — Anderson & Doyle (M) def. LaBelle & Young (MQT) 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 — Nerat & Olson (M) def. Brazeau & Miller (MQT) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 — VanBeek & Wellner (M) def. Gautam & Heikkila 7-5, 6-1.