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Saturday September 26, 2020
Escanaba Edges Gladstone In Girls Tennis Battle

GLADSTONE---The Battle of Delta County's first match-up of the high school girls tennis season was closely contested as always on Monday, as the Escanaba Eskymos beat the Gladstone Braves, 5-3, in Gladstone.

"I feel like we're a little bit inexperienced," Escanaba Coach Chris Ogren said. "I think that means we have a lot of potential. We have a lot of girls who it's their first time out. With football being cancelled, we added a lot of girls from cheerleading. We've got eight freshmen out for the team, and some sophomores and juniors who are just new to the sport. I think early on, there's gonna be a lot of learning, but I think as the year progresses, you'll see our team get a lot better."

"We're gonna be decent," Gladstone Coach Ryan Barron said. "We lost quite a few seniors from last year, so that's always tough. But we have some strong freshmen coming in this year. They're super-athletic and they've got brains, so we should have a really good year."

Escanaba won three of the four singles matches: Jacey Moreau (#1 over Alaina Trudeau, 6-4, 7-6), Sophia Derkos (#2 over Kate Matthews, 6-2, 6-1), and Ukiah Penegor (#3 over Rachel Krouth, 6-4, 6-0). Gladstone's Amanda Beem (#4 singles over Addison Trombley, 6-3, 6-1) got the Braves lone singles win.

The two teams split the doubles matches. At #1 doubles, Gladstone's Marnnea LaFave and Emma Delaire lost their first set to Erica Moore and Madi Mischica, 6-3, but they came back to win the next two sets, 6-2 and 7-5.

Gladstone's #2 doubles team of Emma Wagner and Alesha Maranger defeated Escanaba's Abby Hill and Grace Wickham, 6-4 and 7-5.

Escanaba clinched the team win by taking both #3 and #4 doubles flights. At #3 doubles, McKenna Bullen and Lillia Hughes defeated Gladstone's Montgomery Pepin and Maggie Buckley, 6-4 and 7-5. And at #4 doubles, Delaney McIntyre and Leslie Purcell defeated Gladstone's Lahna Castor and Sophia Rosa, 7-6 (6-2), 6-1.

"We're usually always pretty tough with Esky," Barron said. "All the girls are pretty even. They're working hard. I just want them to improve on one thing each day."

"Two evenly-matched teams that always show up for this match-up," Ogren said. "I wouldn't have it any other way."

Escanaba hosts Kingsford on Tuesday at 3:00. Gladstone visits Menominee at 11 a.m.

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