IRON RIVER—After an unexpectedly long break in their schedule, West Iron’s girls tennis team returned to action last week, winning two matches and losing two others.
Rainy weather washed out two matches the week before, and moist weather only allowed a few practices before the Wykons traveled to Menominee on Sept. 16—17 days after their last dual match, at Iron Mountain Aug. 30.
The Wykons’ first singles starter, Haley Anderson, earned WIC’s only win, as the Maroons triumphed 7-1. “We were a little rusty,” Coach Denise Spelgatti said. “We played very well at times and then had some lulls in our concentration.”
She warned that the team needs to be sharper with the end-of-season tournaments coming up.
Several matches went to the third set. Tori Harris second singles) and Kiki Piwarski (third singles) lost third-set tiebreakers, and Brittanie Barry-Emmy Kinner at second doubles lost 10-7 in a third set super tie-break—a single game played to 10 points because of darkness closing in.
The Wykons bounced back to win twice on Sept. 17 at Ironwood. They defeated the Red Devils 6-2, with wins by Harris, Piwarski, Jessie Prudhomme (fourth singles), Emmy Kinner-Alexis Golfis (second doubles), Lexi Kinner-Megan Quayle (third doubles) and Sydney Schram-Michelle Wiegand (fourth doubles).
Due to illness, several lineup changes were made. “Everyone who played really did an outstanding job.” More girls weren’t feeling well for a match at Hurley later that day, so the lineup had to be juggled again.
Still, West Iron won 5-1 over the Midgets, who didn’t have a full team available. WIC’s wins were by Prudhomme (2S), Wiegand (3S), Schram (4S), Megan Miatech-Allie Schive (1D) and Golfis-Emmy Kinner (2D).
On Sept. 18, the Wykons took on Westwood and lost by a 7-1 score. The only win came from Barry and Emmy Kinner at second doubles.
•While all the matches were decided in straight sets, Haley Anderson (1S) and Megan Miatech-Allie Schive (1D) played very close sets. Miatech and Schive lost a marathon second set tiebreaker 12-10. “I feel we made some positive strides today,” the coach said.
• The Wykons take part in the Great Northern Conference tourney at Kingsford on Sept. 25 and end their season at the Division 2 U.P. Finals at Westwood on Oct. 2.