Performance of the Week: Negaunee's Lilly Nelson

October 7, 2021

Negaunee tennisLilly Nelson ♦ Negaunee
Tennis ♦ Senior

At her final Upper Peninsula Girls Tennis Finals, Nelson completed the final step in claiming her first flight championship, clinching the No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ishpeming Westwood’s Jillian Koski. Nelson had finished No. 1 singles runner-up in 2020, falling in a three-set championship match, and she made the No. 1 semifinals as a sophomore. She also was the No. 4 singles runner-up in 2018 and helped the Miners to team championships that season and in 2020.

Nelson lost only one set this fall in finishing 19-0 and also winning the Mid-Peninsula Conference championship at her flight. She was named Upper Peninsula Player of the Year and is a two-time all-stater. Nelson also plays basketball and softball and made the all-league second team in the Western Peninsula Athletic Conference on the diamond this past spring.


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2021-22 Honorees

Sept. 30: Stella Chapman, Ann Arbor Pioneer swimming - Report
Sept. 23:
Riley Hough, Hartland cross country - Report
Sept. 16:
Josie Bloom, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep volleyball - Report

PHOTOS courtesy of the Nelson family.

Be the Referee: Tennis Spin

By Paige Winne
MHSAA Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

October 17, 2023

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Tennis Spin - Listen

Today’s "You Make the Call" takes us to the tennis court.

We’re in the middle of a volley when I hit a shot with a ton of spin on it. It goes over the net, bounces and then spins back over the net towards me, without being hit by my opponent.

What’s the call?

My opponent never hit the ball, so I win the point. The same rule applies if it’s wind, not spin, blowing the ball back over the net.

My opponent could have returned my shot, even if they had to reach over the net to do so, as long as they didn’t touch the net while returning. If my opponent hits the net in the process of returning my shot, it’s also my point.

Previous Editions

Oct. 10: Blocked Kick - Listen
Oct. 3: Volleyball Double & Lift - Listen
Sept. 26: Registration Process - Listen
Sept. 20: Animal Interference - Listen
Sept. 13: Feet Rule on Soccer Throw-In - Listen
Sept. 6: Volleyball Jewelry - Listen
Aug. 30: Football Rules Similarities - Listen
Aug. 23: Football Rules Differences - Listen