IRON RIVER—With the short spring season quickly nearing its end, West Iron’s boys tennis team two of three dual matches recently. The third match, at Negaunee, ended in a 4-4 tie.
The Wykons were scheduled to play in the Negaunee Invitational May 18. They enter this week with a 3-2-1 season record.
On May 10, the Wykons had few problems with Escanaba at Nelson Field, earning a 7-1 win. “It’s a great team offort,” said Coach Joe Serbentas. “With every match, we are improving.
“We have played a tough schedule to start the season,” he added, “and this is benefitting my players.”
The Wykons swept Esky in singles. Austin Waara, at first singles, lost only three games, but Adam Newby (3S) had to win a first set tiebreaker, and Ryan Rogers (2S) and Alex Ralston (4S) both lost their first sets before winning their matches in three.
Connor O’Donnell and Zane Sarafiny also battled back after they lost a tiebreak in their first set at fourth doubles—they came back to win in three. Tylor Capadagli-Joe Pisoni (2D) and Aren Newby-Max Maloney (3D) both won in two, but Andrew Peterson and Sean Gustafson lost 6-1, 7-5.
The Wykons defeated Ishpeming 6-2 at Nelson Field May 13, in the final home match this spring. Waara and Ralston stayed in control and won in straight sets, but Rogers and Newby both went three close sets—Rogers won and Newby lost.
O’Donnell and Sarafiny (4D) lost in three sets, but the other three doubles teams got wins. “Our doubles teams are steadily improving,” said Serbentas.
Division 1 Negaunee and the Wykons battled to a 4-4 tie on May 14. “Negaunee has some great athletes in their lineup,” said the coach, “so to come away with a tie is very respectable.”
Rogers got WIC’s only singles win, in three sets—after losing 5-7 in the first set, he only lost one game in the final two sets. Ralston lost in three, and Waara got skunked by the Miners’ Cody Tossava.
The Wykons won three of four doubles matches, all in straight sets: winning were Peterson-Gustafson, Capadagli-Pisoni and Newby-Maloney.
• Coming up: The Wykons are scheduled to visit Westwood May 20 and Kingsford May 21. The GNC tournament at Kingsford is May 23, the Wykons visit Escanaba May 28, and the Division 2 U.P. Finals is May 29 at Westwood.