GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Braves are getting closer, but Monday afternoon at the Pfotenhauer Park tennis courts, the Westwood Patriots were too much, earning a hard fought 5-3 victory.
Gladstone took three of four singles matches, showing marked improvement, while the Patriots swept doubles to power their win.
At No. 2 singles, Lauren Parrett came out on top of a grueling three-set match 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 over Courtney Beauchamp. No. 3 Bridget Becker continued what has been a successful season for her, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Faith LeRoy and No. 1 Gabby Movalson handled Megan Chapman 6-2, 6-3.
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Gladstone’s Lauren Parrett returns a shot at No. 2 singles against Courtney Beauchamp of Westwood, Monday at Gladstone.
"All the singles played well," said Gladstone coach Rich Trombly. "Gabby played one of her best matches and Bridget and Lauren are solid No. 3 and No. 2 players. They can overpower their opponents at times."
Gladstone's No. 3 doubles team of Carly DeVet and Paige Cavadeas took a tough three-set loss to Lacey Pietro and Olivia Deracha 6-2, 0-6, 7-10, while the Braves' other three doubles teams fell in straight sets.
Gladstone resumes Wednesday, hosting Munising.
Westwood 5, Gladstone 3
No. 1 - Gabby Movalson (G) def. Megan Chapman 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 - Lauren Parrett (G) def. Courtney Beauchamp 6-4, 4-6, 10-5; No. 3 - Bridget Becker (G) def. Faith LeRoy 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Rachel Anderson (WW) def. Mollie Wiltzius 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 - Katie Rankinen-Shana Caliguri (WW) def. Melissa Casey-Paige Schwartz 6-4, 7-6; No. 2 - Gabby Hebert-Bridget Wood (WW) def. Kayla Wiltzius-Bailey Griebel 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 - Lacey Pietro-Olivia Deracha (WW) def. Carly DeVet-Paige Cavadeas 2-6, 6-0, 10-7; No. 4 - Jamie Ferris-Emily Carlson (WW) def. Ashley Lektzian-Hailey Bedard 6-2, 6-3.