Tenacity paying off for WIC tennis team
IRON RIVER—West Iron’s young boys tennis team has worked hard without getting many results all season. But the Wykons’ dedication to improving finally paid off with a pair of three-set wins at Westwood May 18.
Both Neil Tomasoski at second singles and the first doubles duo of Zane Sarafiny and Brandon Henschel persevered to earn wins in their matches.
Those were West Iron’s only match wins in a 6-2 loss to the Patriots. One day later, the powerhouse Kingsford team dealt the Wykons another 8-0 defeat.
Sarafiny is a junior, and Henschel and Tomasoski are both freshmen. Sarafiny and Henschel fell behind and lost their first set 6-1 to Westwood seniors Mitch Messing and Tristan Vitale.
But then things turned around. Sarafiny and Henschel battled through to win a tough second set 6-4, forcing a third set that they won 7-5. “The No. 1 doubles combo is really starting to pick up steam down the stretch,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas noted.
Tomasoski lost his first set 6-2 to junior Shawn McIntyre. But he battled back to win the second set 6-3 and kept on going for a 6-1 win in the third set. “Tomasoski’s game has vastly improved, as well,” said his coach.
Westwood held the upper hand in the other matches, but Ryan Peterson (senior) and Steven Nelson (freshman) showed their grit after losing the first set 6-2. They fought hard and forced a second set tiebreak. No happy ending, though: The Patriots’ Austin Pierpont and Matt LaFountain won the tiebreak 7-5 for the match win.
In chilly, windy conditions May 19,