Busy Wykons earn two wins, two ties
IRON RIVER—The matches came fast and furious for the West Iron County girls tennis team last week as the Wykons took to the court four times in a four-day stretch.
All told, coach Joe Serbentas’ crew recorded two wins and two ties with victories over Ironwood and Gwinn and ties against Menominee and Gladstone.
The schedule backed up a bit because of inclement weather. In their home match against Gladstone on Sept. 18, the Wykons played under warm but windy conditions. As the wind came out of the south without being obstructed, it caused players to have to adjust their strategies.
“It’s always tough, especially when you’re serving,” said Emily Nelson, who teamed with Anna Malmquist to defeat Gladstone’s Emma Delaire and Emily Marenger 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. “You really have to calculate for the wind and if you want to lob over the net girls, you’ve got to be careful because the wind kind of takes your lob and it will carry it out.”
“When you lob, it ends up going out a lot, so we couldn’t do that,” said Madison Berutti, who paired with Aurora Dahl to knock off Alesha Marenger and Sara Eilola 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. “We had to make a lot of angle shots. It was a tough day, but we got through it.”
Besides wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, West Iron got victories from No. 4 singles Olivia Prudhomme and No. 1 doubles Eden Golliher and Tori Bociek. Prudhomme bested Jenna Tardiff 6-4, 6-2, while Golliher-Bociek rolled over Marnnea LaFave and Olivia Saari 6-0, 6-1.
Gladstone captured the top three singles matches and the No. 4 doubles matchup. Andie Balenger defeated Livea Mazurek 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Alaina Trudeau upended Kali Dennis 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Kate Matthews triumphed over Kali Applin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Emma Wagner and Taelor Zeise came back to defeat Katarina Hemeleski and Alyssa Dominici 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 doubles.