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Coach's dog gives Carlson an edge in tennis win over New Boston Huron

Gibraltar Carlson girls tennis coach Brian Herman and his dog Audi give instructions to his No. 3 doubles team of Brooklynn Roldan (left) and Lia Stith between games Wednesday. Carlson beat New Boston Huron 6-2.
Gibraltar Carlson girls tennis coach Brian Herman and his dog Audi give instructions to his No. 3 doubles team of Brooklynn Roldan (left) and Lia Stith between games Wednesday. Carlson beat New Boston Huron 6-2.

GIBRALTAR – The girls tennis teams from Gibraltar Carlson and New Boston Huron were fairly evenly matched Wednesday.

But Carlson had a secret weapon.

Audi, the 7-year old dog owned by Marauder coach Brian Herman, gave Carlson an emotional edge in a 6-2 win.

“Audi is everything,” said sophomore Adyson Brake, who plays No. 1 singles for Carlson. “She is our captain.”

Herman has been bringing Audi to matches for many years.

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“Audi brings a calm to the team,” the coach said. “The girls are always coming up and saying how cute she is. It helps having her at the courts.

“She was quiet today, but when Huron got here, she started barking. But she’s not a killer.”

Herman is trying to instill a little bit of a killer attitude in his players. He is replacing half of last year’s starters with newcomers this spring.

“We have six newbies and six returning players,” said Herman, who is beginning his ninth year at the helm of the Marauder ship. “It’s different every year. One year we had to replace only three and another year we had to replace nine.

“I like that we had freshmen come in this year who are competitive.”

Gibraltar Carlson’s Adyson Brake charges in to hit a shot during a win at No. 1 singles Wednesday. The Marauders beat New Boston Huron 6-2.
Gibraltar Carlson’s Adyson Brake charges in to hit a shot during a win at No. 1 singles Wednesday. The Marauders beat New Boston Huron 6-2.

Brake made a big leap this year moving up to the top singles spot.

“It was kind of hard at first,” she said. “Last year I played No. 4 singles. It was kind of a shocker.”

This is only the second year of tennis for Brake.

“I used to play hockey,” she said. “That helps me with my backhand.”

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She started lacing up hockey skates at a very young age.

“I started playing in the second grade,” she said. “Both my brothers and my sister played.”

Brake was in command on the tennis court Wednesday, handling Huron’s Faith Siegel 6-4, 6-0.

Carlson also got a win at No. 4 singles from freshman Lila Angelos and swept doubles with Nadia Popalas-Kamryn Bell, Lauren Spano-Delaney Brown, Brooklynn Roldan-Lia Stith and Rylie Sulewski-Delaney Boller.

“We have returning seniors at one and two doubles, but a lot of the girls are young,” Herman said of his 2-0 team.

New Boston Huron’s Jamie Perut hits a shot at No. 2 singles Wednesday. Gibraltar Carlson beat Huron 6-2.
New Boston Huron’s Jamie Perut hits a shot at No. 2 singles Wednesday. Gibraltar Carlson beat Huron 6-2.

Huron has eight seniors on its roster, but has dropped its first three matches.

“We should be very competitive,” said 10th-year coach Corey Chandler.

Huron’s points came at No. 2 and 3 singles from Jamie Perut and Natalie Marek.

“We should be more competitive now that we have a JV team,” Chandler said. “This is the fourth year, well third year if you don’t count the COVID year.”

New Boston Huron’s Natalie Marek makes a return at No. 3 singles Wednesday. Gibraltar Carlson beat Huron 6-2.
New Boston Huron’s Natalie Marek makes a return at No. 3 singles Wednesday. Gibraltar Carlson beat Huron 6-2.

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