IRON RIVER—West Iron County’s girls tennis team played five matches in three days last week, finishing with a 3-1-1 record.
At Ironwood: The Wykons earned 8-0 wins over both Ironwood and Hurley. Against the Red Devils, 4S Tori Harris-Hoogenboom didn’t lose a game (6-0, 6-0), and 1S Kylee Erickson and 2S Maddie Waara also had easy wins.
The other matches were close and exciting.3S Haley Anderson, 1D Mallory Tomasoski-Jessie Prudhomme, 3D Megan Miatech-Kiki Piwarski and 4D Lexi Kinner-Kristin Smith all won close matches in straight sets, while 2D Brittanie Barry-Sydnie Mazurek won in three.
Coach Denise Spelgatti said she was happy with their play. “They played to the last point and really deserved the wins.”
Against a young Midgets squad, Erickson had the 6-0, 6-0 win, while 2S Waara and 3S Harris-Hoogenboom also made it quick. For this one, Pudhomme went to fourth singles, while Anderson paired up with Tomasoski at first doubles. Both earned victories.
At Marquette: The Wykons’ day began with a 6-2 win over Munising. Earning wins were Erickson, Waara, 4S Harris-Hoogenboom, 2D Barry-Mazurek, 3D Miatech-Piwarski and 4D Kinner-Smith.
Barry and Mazurek lost their first set, won a second set tiebreak and than a pro-set third set 10-5. “A very good match,” said their coach.
In the second match, Marquette stopped the Wykons 6-2. West Iron’s wins came from Erickson (6-4, 6-0) and 3S Anderson (6-4, 6-3). Marquette won the other matches in straight sets, one by default.
Spelgatti said the scores “do not show how hard-fought the matches were, All games were close. Kylee played the longest match with very long points; she was patient and kept her focus throughout.”
At Escanaba: The final match of the week ended in a 4-4 tie. West Iron won all the singles, but Escanaba took all the doubles. “I feel we played well and was happy to come away with a tie,” said the coach.
The match of the day was at first singles, where Erickson and Cody Jenshak battled. Jenshak won the first set, but Erickson fought back to win the next two—scores were 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. “An epic match that was fun to watch.” Waara, Anderson and Harris-Hoogenboom all won in straight sets.