MENOMINEE — An undefeated season at No. 1 singles. A Great Northern Conference title. A U.P. Finals title.
Senior Jenna Nolde has had one of the better seasons in recent Menominee tennis history, and now she can add U.P. Player of the Year and All-State to her list.
“Jenna worked very hard over the summer and it showed this year,” Menominee coach Nikki Mathieu said. “She dominated her competition and really earned those awards.”
Joining Nolde on the All-State Singles team is fellow senior Josie Hofer, who won a U.P. title at No. 2 singles to earn herself one of the three All-State spots. Negaunee’s Lilly Nelson was the other selection. All three girls were also named to All-U.P. First Team Singles.
“Jenna and Josie are two of the most humble girls who really don’t like the spotlight, but they take winning very seriously and it’s awesome to see the two of them get this recognition in their senior years,” Mathieu said. “Josie was always willing to get on the courts. If she didn’t have a good practice she would go grab her dad and get out on the court to hit. The both of them worked for this and I’m very happy for them.”
Seniors Abbie Anglehart and Meghan Francour made their way on to the All-U.P. Doubles First Team after playing No. 1 doubles the past two years. Finally, the duo of senior Emma Anderson and junior Rylee Doyle made All-U.P. Honorable Mention at No. 2 doubles.
“Abbie, Jenna, Josie and Meghan have been with me for the past four years, and I have not only had the honor to coach them since they were freshman but also watch them grow to become amazing young ladies,” Mathieu said. “This has been one of the most humble group of ladies I’ve coached. It’s not about one person, it’s about the team, and that’s what I loved most about them.”
In addition to losing Nolde, Hofer, Anglehart, Francour and Anderson, the Maroons’ will also have to say goodbye to first-year players Erin Barrette, Makenzie Wellner and Jada VanBeek.
“The three first year girls really added to our success this year, I only wish they would’ve come out as freshman,” Mathieu laughed. “We had a lot of talent on this team this year, and I’m just so honored to a part of their success story. I hope I have served as good mentor, teacher and coach for these ladies — because they have taught me a lot of things too.”
U.P. Player of the Year
Jenna Nolde, Menominee
Nolde; Jenna Hofer, Menominee; Lilly Nelson, Negaunee
All-U.P. First Team Singles
Nolde; Hofer; Nelson; Jillian Skewis, Negaunee; Lexi Mason, Negaunee; Jacey Moreau, Escanaba; Jenna Wealton, Westwood; Campbell Kallio, Marquette.
All-U.P. First Team Doubles
Abbie Anglehart/Meghan Francour, Menominee; Morgan Carlson/Katelyn Lammi, Negaunee; Natalie Prophet/Ellie Miller, Westwood; Madi Mishica/Erica Moore, Escanaba; Zoey Brian/Breanna Sandstrom, Marquette; Marnnea LaFave/Emma Delaire, Gladstone.
All-U.P. Honorable Mention
Emma Anderson/Rylee Doyle, Menominee; Annika Tervo, Negaunee; Sophia Derkos, Escanaba; Gracie Wickham/Abby Hill, Escanaba; Haddie Ketzenberger, Marquette; Ruth Hummell, Marquette; Alyson LaBelle/Hannah Young, Marquette; Tianna Williams/Shayla Williams, Negaunee; Avery Mariuzza/Emily Nelson, Westwood; Jillian Koski, Westwood.