Menominee’s Allison Odea fires back a return during her No. 4 singles title match against Kingsford’s Katy Hicks at the Great Northern Conference meet in Kingsford Wednesday. <br><i>Iron Mountain Daily News/Burt Angeli</i>
Menominee’s Allison Odea fires back a return during her No. 4 singles title match against Kingsford’s Katy Hicks at the Great Northern Conference meet in Kingsford Wednesday.
Iron Mountain Daily News/Burt Angeli
KINGSFORD, Mich. - Kingsford rolled to another Great Northern Conference tennis crown Wednesday, but Menominee made its presence known with three players earning top three finishes.

Allison Odea earned second-place honors at No. 4 singles and a pair of doubles teams earned third-place showings to lead Menominee to a solid fourth-place showing on the Kingsford courts.

"Words can't express how proud I am today of the Lady Maroons," coach Nikki Mathieu said. "My girls played their hearts out today. The improvement from the beginning of the year to today has been amazing."

Odea turned won her opening match before losing to Katy Hicks of Kingsford 3-6, 1-6, 6-4 in the championship match.

The No. 3 doubles tandem of Mikayla Kewley and Jade LeMay wiped out a 5-1 deficit in the first set of their third-place match against Gladstone before roaring back for a 7-5 victory. The Maroon duo clinched third place with a 6-2 win.

At No. 4 doubles, Ali Christian and Madison McDonnell claimed third-place honors. Christian and McDonnell showed their mental toughness by battling back from a 6-2 loss to Escanaba, toughing out a 7-6 grinder and sealing third with a 6-3 win.

Lindsey Furton and Emma Hitch lost a three-setter to Marquette in their No. 1 doubles third-place match.

Brianna Chaltry finished fourth at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Lexi Christian and Amber Woods and No. 1 singles player Molly Jackson placed fifth. Jessica Nutter finished sixth at No. 2 singles.

Kingsford swept the singles titles and claimed three of the four doubles crowns to finish with 47 points. Escanaba was second with 21 points and Marquette placed third with 28 points, just four points ahead of the Maroons.

"It's so nice to finally see it all click. I knew we were doing something right when the a couple of coaches commented on the mass improvement of the girls since the beginning of the season," said Mathieu.

Menominee closes its regular season Monday when it plays host to Gladstone. The U.P. Finals will be held Oct. 2 in Kingsford.

Team scores: Kingsford 47, Escanaba 31, Marquette 28, Menominee 24, Gladstone 22, West Iron County 17