All-U.P. Division 1 Boys Tennis Awards Announced; Nick Olivier Named Player of the Year

All-U.P. Division 1 Boys Tennis Awards Announced; Nick Olivier Named Player of the Year

The All-U.P. Division 1 Boys Tennis postseason awards were announced today (6/20/22) and Marquette’s Nick Olivier was named as the U.P. Division 1 Player of the Year and was also selected to the All-State Team.

Below is the complete list of post-season honors for the 2022 U.P. Division 1 boys tennis season:

U.P. Player of the Year:

  • Nick Olivier – Marquette

All-State – Singles:

  • Nick Olivier – Marquette

All-U.P. First Team – Singles:

  • Luke Syrjala – Negaunee
  • Gavin Saunders – Negaunee
  • Gunnar Dlugas – Escanaba
  • Nathan Howes – Escanaba

All-U.P. Honorable Mention – Singles:

  • Tyler Lajimodiere – Negaunee
  • Brock Murphy – Menominee

All-State – Doubles:

  • Isaac Maki & Dawson Williams – Escanaba

All-U.P. First Team – Doubles:

  • Jace Turri & James Thomson – Negaunee
  • Isaac Maki & Dawson Williams – Escanaba
  • Joe Hubert & Josep Montal – Escanaba

All-U.P. Honorable Mention – Doubles:

  • Isaac Nash & Ben Trevillian – Kingsford
  • Gavin Downey & Bryce Storms – Negaunee
Boys Tennis Finishes Third At 2022 MHSAA U.P. Finals

Boys Tennis Finishes Third At 2022 MHSAA U.P. Finals

On Wednesday, June 1, the MSHS Boys Tennis team traveled to Kingsford compete in the 2022 MHSAA U.P. Division 1 Boys Tennis Championship.  In what was a tight three-team battle for the title, MSHS finished third out of six competing schools.

Team Scores:

  1. Escanaba – 17
  2. Negaunee – 15
  3. Marquette – 13
  4. Kingsford – 5
  5. Menominee – 2
  6. Gladstone – 0

2022 MSHAA Division 1 U.P. Champions:

  • #1 SinglesNick Olivier – Marquette
  • #2 SinglesGavin Saunders – Negaunee
  • #3 SinglesTyler Lajimodiere – Negaunee
  • #4 SinglesSam Rivera – Escanaba
  • #1 DoublesIsaac Maki & Dawson Williams – Escanaba
  • #2 DoublesJoseph Hubert & Joseph Montel – Escanaba
  • #3 DoublesConnor Smale & Troy Delvaux – Escanaba
  • #4 DoublesSeppi Camilli & Toby Camilli – Marquette

Additional Top Performers From MSHS:

  • #3 SinglesChase Thomsen – 2nd Place
  • #3 DoublesIsaac Johnson & Liam McFarren – 2nd Place
Boys Tennis Defeats Negaunee, 5-3

Boys Tennis Defeats Negaunee, 5-3

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (9-1-1; 5-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 5, NEGAUNEE 3

Singles

  • No. 1Nick Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Gavin Saunders, NEGAUNEE, 6-3, 6-1;
  • No. 2Tyler Lajimodiere, NEGAUNEE def. Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2;
  • No. 3Mick Kumpala, NEGAUNEE def. Chase Thomsen, MARQUETTE, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4;
  • No. 4Brian Belkowski, MARQUETTE def. Ethan Harris, NEGAUNEE, 6-3, 6-2;

Doubles

  • No. 1Jason Andary & William Olivier, MARQUETTE def. James Thomson & Jace Tuuri, NEGAUNEE, 6-3, 7-5;
  • No. 2 Gavin Downey & Bryce Storms, NEGAUNEE def. Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE, 6-0, 6-2;
  • No. 3Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Zack Brundage & Gavin Jacobson, NEGAUNEE, 6-4, 6-1;
  • No. 4Toby Camilli & Tristan Potila, MARQUETTE def. Brandon Borlace & Carter Piziali, NEGAUNEE, 6-4, 6-2

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Our two teams battled a couple weeks ago and you can see quite a bit of improvement from both teams. My hat goes off to Tyler and Mick, Negaunee’s #3 and #4 players. Both of those young men had to move up in the line-up today and it didn’t seem to faze them. As for our squad, I thought we were fundamentally strong in our doubles matches and Brian Belkowski did a good job of mixing his play up today. I’m really pleased with the level of tennis by both teams and it should make for an exciting U.P. Tournament next week. I think Coach Saari said this is the closest he can remember three teams (Negaunee, Esky, and Marquette) being heading into the U.P.’s in quite some time.”
Boys Tennis Wins At Westwood, 6-2

Boys Tennis Wins At Westwood, 6-2

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (8-1-1; 5-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 6, WESTWOOD 2

Singles

  • No. 1Nick Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Andrew Niemi, WESTWOOD, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 2Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE def. Bryce Markham, WESTWOOD, 6-1, 6-2;
  • No. 3Brian Belkowski, MARQUETTE def. Patrick Klumpp, WESTWOOD, 6-0, 6-2;
  • No. 4Mason Heitikko, WESTWOOD def. Nathen Barsch, MARQUETTE, 6-2, 6-2;

Doubles

  • No. 1Jason Andary & William Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Ryan LaFountain & Chase Prophet, WESTWOOD, 6-3, 6-3;
  • No. 2 Gabe Tossava & Nick Salzwedd def. Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3;
  • No. 3Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Mitchel Ford & John Thomsen, WESTWOOD, 6-1, 6-1;
  • No. 4Toby Camilli & Seppi Camilli, MARQUETTE def. Tristan Miller & Reid Frustaglio, WESTWOOD, 6-1, 6-2
Boys Tennis Overpowers West Iron County, 8-0

Boys Tennis Overpowers West Iron County, 8-0

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (7-1-1; 5-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 8, WEST IRON COUNTY 0

Singles

  • No. 1Nick Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Matthew Dutcher, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-0, 6-1;
  • No. 2Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE def. Caleb Strom, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-0, 6-1;
  • No. 3Brian Belkowski MARQUETTE def. Ethan Isaacson, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 0-6, 6-1;
  • No. 4Nathen Barsch MARQUETTE def. James White, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-0;

Doubles

  • No. 1Matt Barsch & William Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Colton Holm & Sam Holroyd, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-0, 7-5;
  • No. 2 Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE def. Logan McCord & Jackson Strom, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-3;
  • No. 3Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Zander Birmingham & Jonah Holmberg, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-1, 6-1;
  • No. 4Bodhi White & Holden Hutter, MARQUETTE def. Blake Ferrara & Lane Norman, WEST IRON COUNTY, 6-0, 6-0

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “All and all we played much better than we did against Menominee the day before.  Our doubles teams were much more aggressive which is what we want them to be.  I was really pleased with Nathen Barsch today at #4 singles.  Nathen’s confidence has been building, today he finished his strokes, and the result was a great win.  ”
Boys Tennis Defeats Menominee, 7-1

Boys Tennis Defeats Menominee, 7-1

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (6-1-1; 4-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 7, MENOMINEE 1

Singles

  • No. 1Nick Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Brock Murphy, MENOMINEE, 6-0, 6-3;
  • No. 2Chase Thomsen, MARQUETTE def. Danny Birch, MENOMINEE, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3;
  • No. 3Brian Belkowski MARQUETTE def. Landan Bordwoski, MENOMINEEE, 6-2, 6-0;
  • No. 4Tristan Potila MARQUETTE def. Bradley Badker, MENOMINEE, 6-1, 6-0;

Doubles

  • No. 1Adam Laurin & Trevor Theuerkauf, MENOMINEE def. Matt Barsch & William Olivier, MARQUETTE, 7-5, 6-4;
  • No. 2 Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE def. Nathan Schultz & Connor Coduti, MENOMINEE, 6-3, 7-5;
  • No. 3Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Troy Delvaux & Evan St. Peter, MENOMINEE, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5;
  • No. 4Bodhi White & Holden Hutter, MARQUETTE def. Jeremy Salmi & Nathan Salmi, MENOMINEE, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “It was a so-so day on the courts today. We were coming off of an emotional/draining battle against Esky and it showed in some flights. We had a few mental lapses on the doubles side of things, but the positive there was our kids held on for the wins. Chase Thomsen moved up and played #2 singles today which resulted in a big three-set win. Chase was happy with the way he waited for the points to develop compared to how he rushed things last week in his Negaunee match. There are definitely some things we need to clean up as we head towards tournament time.”
Boys Tennis Battles To 4-4 Draw With Escanaba

Boys Tennis Battles To 4-4 Draw With Escanaba

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (5-1-1; 3-0-1 GNC)

MARQUETTE 4, ESCANABA 4

Singles

  • No. 1Nick Olivier, MARQUETTE def. Gunner Dlugas, ESCANABA, 6-0, 6-1;
  • No. 2Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE def. Nate Howes, ESCANABA, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3;
  • No. 3Conner Smale, ESCANABA def. Brian Belkowski MARQUETTE, 6-3, 6-3;
  • No. 4 – Sam Rivera, ESCANABA def. Nathen Barsch, MARQUETTE, 6-0, 6-0;

Doubles

  • No. 1Isaac Maki & Dawson Williams, ESCANABA def. Jason Andary & William Olivier, MARQUETTE, 6-1, 6-2;
  • No. 2Joe Hubert & Josep Montal, ESCANABA def. Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE, 6-3, 6-0;
  • No. 3Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Troy Delvaux & Evan St. Peter, ESCANABA, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5;
  • No. 4Toby Camilli & Seppi Camilli, MARQUETTE def. Parker Laford & Andrew Lord, ESCANABA, 6-4, 6-4

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Escanaba is a very good tennis team, well coached.  So, I am really proud of the way our Marquette players battled with them today. I think Nick Oliver set the tone at #1 singles.  Nick really struck the ball clean today which led to a nice victory over a really solid opponent.  Our #3 doubles team of Liam McFarren and Isaac Johnson showed a lot of growth today as they scrapped for a nice come from behind victory.  The #3 doubles and the #2 singles were the co-matches of the day.  Over at #2 singles Matthew Barsch and Nate Howes had incredible point after point.  Eventually, Matt Barsch claimed the victory and credited support from his teammates to boost his energy in the third set.  As the coach, I like our progress but also understand there are a lot of little things we need to clean up.”
Boys Tennis Suffers First Loss Of Season At Negaunee, 6-2

Boys Tennis Suffers First Loss Of Season At Negaunee, 6-2

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (5-1; 3-0 GNC)

MARQUETTE 2, NEGAUNEE 6

Singles

  • No. 1Luke Syrjala, NEGAUNEE def. Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE, 6-2, 6-3;
  • No. 2Gavin Saunders, NEGAUNEE def. Chase Thomsen, MARQUETTE, 6-1, 6-1;
  • No. 3Tyler Lajmodiere, NEGAUNEE def. Caleb Janofski, MARQUETTE, 6-0, 6-1;
  • No. 4 – Mick Kumpala, NEGAUNEE def. Nathen Barsch, MARQUETTE, 6-0, 6-0;

Doubles

  • No. 1Jason Andary & William Olivier, MARQUETTE def. James Thomson & Jace Turri, NEGAUNEE, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1;
  • No. 2Gavin Downey & Bryce Storms, NEGAUNEE def. Keaton Ansell & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE, 7-5, 6-3;
  • No. 3Toby Camilli & Seppi Camilli, MARQUETTE def. Zack Brundage & Gavin Jacobson, NEGAUNEE, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3;
  • No. 4Brandon Borlace & Ethan Harris, NEGAUNEE def. Bodhi White & Holden Hutter, MARQUETTE, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Well, quite honestly this was by far the best competition we played all year and I thought our kids played their butts off. I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy with a 2 matches-to-six matches defeat. We had about 5 JV players filling in today and competed very well against a U.P. powerhouse. Some of the sets we lost were much closer than the score indicates. Lots of games going to deuce, with lots of good points being played. For sure the highlights were our victories at #1 and #3 doubles. Both our teams really took control in the 3rd set and played their best tennis when it counted. With all of this being said, there are definitely a lot of things we are going to have to clean up before we roll into the tournaments. All and all, a great day of tennis up in Negaunee.”
Boys Tennis Cruises Past Kingsford, 6-2

Boys Tennis Cruises Past Kingsford, 6-2

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (4-0; 3-0 GNC)

MARQUETTE 6, KINGSFORD 2

Singles

  • No. 1Nick OlivierMARQUETTE def. Niko Przeslakowski, KINGSFORD, 6-0, 6-0;
  • No. 2Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE def. Chris Sweig, KINGSFORD, 6-0, 6-0
  • No. 3Chase Thomsen, MARQUETTE def. Brett Berglund, KINGSFORD, 6-0, 6-0
  • No. 4 – Brian Belkowski, MARQUETTE def. Trent Maki, KINGSFORD, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles

  • No. 1Isaac Nash & Ben TrevillianKINGSFORD def. Jason Andary & William OlivierMARQUETTE, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0;
  • No. 2Keaton Ansell & Andrew King, MARQUETTE def. Charlie Christensen & Partner, KINGSFORD, 6-1, 6-2;
  • No. 3Morgan Sleik & Hunter Hulkonen, KINGSFORD def. Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE, 6-7(7-9), 6-4, 6-1;
  • No. 4Toby Camilli & Seppi Camilli, MARQUETTE def. Cale Harris & Eli Wallis, KINGSFORD, 6-1, 6-2

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Well, I have to say, that was maybe the craziest weather I’ve seen tennis played in. At one point in the #2-singles match, I saw our player hit a shot that landed on the other side of the net and take a 90-degree angle into the adjacent court. I’m not sure if the players thought it was fun playing out there, but they did battle through the wild gusts of wind. Our #2 doubles team, Keaton Ansell and Andrew King, were super-efficient out on the court today. They made short work of balls that hung in the air near the net. The Camilli brothers, Toby and Seppi, were a model of consistency at #4 doubles and their hustle made them a treat to watch. I like the improvement we are seeing, which needs to continue as we head towards the tournaments.”
Boys Tennis Sweeps Menominee, 8-0

Boys Tennis Sweeps Menominee, 8-0

MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis (3-0; 2-0 GNC)

MARQUETTE 8, MENOMINEE 0

Singles

  • No. 1Nick OlivierMARQUETTE def. Brock Murphy, MENOMINEE, 6-2, 6-3;
  • No. 2Matt Barsch, MARQUETTE def. Danny Birch, MENOMINEE, 6-3, 6-1
  • No. 3Keaton Ansell, MARQUETTE def. Landan Bardowski, MENOMINEE, 6-3, 6-2
  • No. 4 – Caleb Janofski, MARQUETTE def. Aaron Brunelle, MENOMINEE, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

  • No. 1Jason Andary & William OlivierMARQUETTE def. Aden Laurin & Trevor Theuerkauf, MENOMINEE, 6-2, 6-4;
  • No. 2Liam McFarren & Isaac Johnson, MARQUETTE def. Connor Coduti & Nathan Schultz, MENOMINEE, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4;
  • No. 3 – Toby Camilli & Seppi Camilli, MARQUETTE def. Kaiden Bell & Jonah Scawinski, MENOMINEE, 6-4, 6-0
  • No. 4Holden Hutter & Bodhi White, MARQUETTE def. Jeremy Salmi & Nate Salmi, MENOMINEE, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)

From MSHS Boys Tennis Head Coach, Karl Thomsen:

  • “Some really good tennis today out at the Shiras Courts. I thought our singles players’ execution of what we were looking for was great. Both Nick Oliver and Matt Barsch faced their toughest opponents of the early season and responded with solid performances. Caleb Janofski took home his first varsity win at 4 singles as with a lot of strong groundstrokes. The real excitement of the day came over on the doubles side of the meet. At #4 doubles, Bodhi White and Holden Hutter scrapped out the tiebreak in the third set to earn their first varsity win. And the #2 doubles match between Connor Coduti/Nathan Schultz (Menominee) and Liam McFarren/Isaac Johnson (MSHS) was a barn burner. Trailing 3 -4, 15 – 40 in the 3rd set, the Marquette tandem dug deep for a gutsy win. Isaac Johnson attributed the turn around to a good fan base saying, “…the people watching and the support we got was amazing.” Isaac’s partner Liam added, the two of them “took a deep breath” and began playing some “smart tennis” to secure the victory. ”