Redmen survive improving Braves tennis team

GLADSTONE – The Marquette Redmen came to town and grabbed a 6-2 victory from the Gladstone Braves Monday. However, Braves coach Dan Williams was pleased with the performance from his team.

“Although we lost 6-2, I think this was one of our best overall matches of the season,” Williams said. “I think we are heading in the right direction and I continue to see improvement overall, which is great heading into the GNCs this week.”

The two wins for the Braves came from Aaron Parmet at No. 1 singles, who beat Josh Downs 6-3, 6-4, and No. 4 singles, where Drew Griebel battled Joe Weber through three matches and a tiebreaker to earn a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) triumph.

“He had his best match of his season,” Williams said. “He played really well, and fought through a long, tough match to take the win.”

Both matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles also went three full sets, but Gladstone came out on the short end. Marquette’s Justin Flood beat Peter Weyers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Noah Gannon came back to beat John Hammer 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

“It was a great effort from both of them today,” Williams added.

No. 2 doubles was scratched due to an injury forfeit, and No 1. doubles (Tyler Wells-Jeremy Kadish) fit the trend of the day, going to another three-set match. Marquette came out on top to complete the sweep at doubles.

“They played one of their best matches,” said Williams in regards to No. 1 doubles. “They came up a little short, but I think they are picking the right time to play their best tennis and I think it’s a good sign.”

The Braves resume today at Negaunee.