Hematites edge Braves

GLADSTONE – The Gladstone Braves made improvement in some flights but fell to Ishpeming in a 5-3 tennis match Monday.

Spencer Pederson picked up his first victory of the season at No. 1 singles, defeating Thomas Bleau in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

“Spencer had a great match, his server was really working today,” said Braves head coach Dan Williams.

The Braves also picked up victories at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 doubles. Jeremy Kadish and Tyler Wells picked up a solid 6-2, 6-1 win over Tony Gravedini and Josh Penrose and at No. 4 Adrian Lavigne and Kolton Houlton defeated Dan Thorton and Alec VanHorn 6-2, 6-4.

“Adrian and Kolton had a great match. It was their first win of the season and as partners. They played really well togehter and were consistently getting their shots in,” said Williams. “Tyler and Jeremy continue to play really solid doubles and are playing real well as a team. They had another really good day today.”

Williams also praised Nick LaRose at No. 4 singles, who fell 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 to Jordan Musser.

“Nick had a great match and ended up coming back in the second set to bring it to a third, a big improvement over his last match,” he said.