West Iron first doubles players Mallory Tomasoski (facing camera) and Olivia Han consult with Assistant Coach Joe Serbentas during the Wykons match with Ironwood last week.
IRON RIVER—With three wins in three days, West Iron’s girls tennis team could not have started its season any better.
The Wykons won 6-2 over Ironwood at home Aug. 15, 5-3 at Menominee on Aug. 16 and 7-1 at Ishpeming Aug. 17.
Ironwood: West Iron swept singles (1. Kylee Erickson; 2. Maddie Waara; 3. Haley Anderson; 4. Tori Harris-Hoogenboom) and won third and fourth doubles. Waara needed a second set tie-breaker, but all four singles wins were in straight sets.
Kiki Piwarski-Jessie Prudhomme won in three close sets at third doubles, and Lexi Kinner and Kristin Smith took fourth doubles.
“Everyone played well,” said Coach Denise Spelgatti, “and the newer players worked through some first-match jitters.”
Menominee: The Wykons forfeited fourth singles at Menominee, but Erickson (6-0, 6-0), Waara and the two doubles team all won again. So did first doubles Mallory Tomasoski and Olivia Han.
Piwarski-Prudhomme and Kinner-Smith both won first set tiebreaks and went on to win close second sets. Their coach said she was “impressed with their focus.”
WIC’s two losses (by Anderson in third singles and Brittanie Barry-Sydney Mazurek in second doubles) were also close. “They played hard to the last point,” said the coach, “and will definitely be in the win column again.”
Ishpeming: The Wykons swept singles again. Erickson and Waara both won 6-1, 6-0, and Anderson dominated 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Barry-Mazurek, Megan Miatech-Piwarski and Kinner-Smith (three sets) all won. Han and Tomasoski lost a close first doubles match, 6-4, 6-3.
Besides playing their third match in three days, the Wykons also battled high winds in getting the win. “I am pleased with our progress,” said Coach Spelgatti.
Coming up: An even busier week: WIC has six dual matches and one tournament in the next week and a half. Home vs. Iron Mountain (Aug. 21) and Negaunee (Aug. 24). Away at Westwood (Aug. 20), Kingsford (Aug. 23), Kingsford Invite (Aug. 25), Ironwood (Aug. 27) and Escanaba (Aug. 28).
Then a well-earned break until after Labor Day.