IRON RIVER—West Iron’s girls tennis team got its new season started Aug. 21 with a 6-2 win over Ishpeming.
Then they got taken down a peg or two in 8-0 sweeps at the hands of Kingsford (at home Aug. 22) and Negaunee (away) but their Aug. 23 doubleheader ended with a 7-1 win over Munising 7-1, wrapping up a 2-2 week.
In hot, windy conditions at Nelson Field, the Wykons swept doubles against Ishpeming and earned wins in first and fourth singles. Haley Anderson won her first singles match 6-3, 6-2, and Kiki Piwarski won 7-5, 6-1 at 4S.
All four doubles teams won in straight sets: Sydnie Mazurek-Meg Miatech (1D), Brittanie Barry-Emmy Kinner (2D), Alexis Golfis-Kristin Smith (3D) and Lexi Kinner-Megan Quayle (4D).
“The girls kept focused,” said Coach Denise Spelgatti, “and played each point one at a time.” She was impressed by her younger girls’ play. “They were nervous, but it didn’t really show.”
Kingsford, though, had way too much for the young team. The Flivvers won all eight matches and only lost one set (at fourth doubles). It was a near total wipeout in singles: West Iron won just a single game in three matches and two (6-1, 6-1) in the fourth.
“Many of the match scores do not reflect how well played they were,” the coach said. “We will look to improve and meet them again in the Great Northern Conference tournament.”
A day later, Negaunee earned an 8-0 win at home. Only the first and second doubles matches went to a third set, and all the singles starters had a long day.
Coach Spelgatti said the Miners are strong “top to bottom” but she was happy to see Miatech-Mazurek and Barry-Kinner go to three seats. “These were especially well played. A point here or there … We are learning to play with the best in the U.P.”
After two rough matches with Division 1 teams, the Diviaion 2 Wykons finished their week with a 7-1 win over D2 Munising. “Everyone dug in and played very well,” the coach said.
Tori Harris-Hoogenboom won her first match at 2S, and Jessie Prudhomme improved at 3S despite taking a loss.
The other singles starters, Anderson and Piwarski, won their matches, and so did the doubles teams. The 4D duo, Kinner and Quayle, split their first sets and won a super tie breaker 13-11 to earn the match victory.
This week, the Wykons have four matches in five days. By Labor Day, the team’s season will be more than halfway done.