IRON RIVER—With warmer, drier weather finally returning to the western U.P., West Iron’s boys tennis team had its busiest week of the young season last week, playing three matches and winning two of them.
Coach Joe Serbentas’ squad has a 3-2 record at the start of this week.
The Wykons won twice on May 7 during a visit to Menominee and Marintette. The main match was against the Maroons, with the Wykons winning 6-2. All four singles starters (Austin Waara, Caleb Pellizzer, Adam Newby and Alex Ralston) won in straight sets.
Serbentas said he liked how the singles cut down on their unforced errors over their previous match with Iron Mountain.
Ryan Rogers and Andrew Peterson won easily (6-0, 6-3) at first doubles, but second doubles Sean Gustafson and Tylor Capadagli had to grit out a three-set win, winning 6-4 in the first set, losing a second set tiebreak but coming back 6-1 in the third.
At fourth doubles, Max Maloney and Kyle Maki lost in straight sets in a hard-fought match. They lost a first set tiebreak 10-8 and fell 6-3 after that.
Later that day, the Wykons took on Marinette. The teams used pro set scoring (one set, playing to eight games), and the Wykons won 6-0.
The lineup was juggled for the day’s second match. Winning were Waara, Newby and Rogers in singles and Pellizzer-Ralston, Joey Pisoni-Maloney and Alec Schmelebech-Chasz Jonet in doubles.
Two days later, the Wykons lost 7-1 at Kingsford. WIC’s lone win was by Rogers and Peterson at first doubles in a three-set match, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.
“Kingsford has a trio of nice freshmen in their singles lineup,” Serbentas noted, “who are going to be the cornerstones of that program for a while.” West Iron, he added, has a lot of work to do if they are going to compete in the Great Northern Conference tourney.
The Wykons had planned to make up a May 3 postponed home match against Norway May 11 at Nelson Field, but the Knights were forced to cancel due to lineup problems.
• The Wykons took part in the Kingsford Invitational May 12.
West Iron hopes to play three matches in three days this week, including—finally—their first home match of the season. After visiting Ishpeming on May 14, they are scheduled to play Negaunee and Marquette at Nelson Field on May 15 and 16, respectively.