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Tennis team tops Maroons, Devils

IRON RIVER—Time is running out in the girls tennis season, and West Iron County’s team has been stepping up its game in the final weeks.
    The Wykons won back-to-back matches on the road last week, 5-3 at Menominee and 7-1 against Ironwood at Hurley. Their final home match of the season, against Gwinn on Sept. 17, was canceled by rain.
    The Gwinn match was also supposed to be WIC’s final dual match of the season. All that’s left is the Great Northern Conference tournament at Kingsford on Sept. 23 and the Division 2 U.P. State Finals at Iron Mountain Sept. 30.
    The match against the Maroons was a barn-burner, with first singles and first doubles both highly competitive. At first singles, Jessie Prudhomme lost to Jade Leway 6-3 in the first set, won a second set tiebreak 7-3 and battled to the very end of the third set but lost 6-4.
    “Jessie played a hard-fought 2 1/2-hour match, with long rallies and several deuce games,” said her coach, Joe Serbentas.
    More of the same at first doubles, where Megan Quayle and Natalie Tomasoski defeated Mikayla Kewly-Paiton Plutchak 6-1 in the first set, lost 6-1 in the second, then battled to a third set tiebreak, which the Wykon duo won 7-4.
    The scores show that most of the other matches were just as hard-fought. The Maroons’ other two wins included tiebreak wins: Colbi Laturi (4S) lost 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) and Izzy Hoogenboom-Olivia Rozine (4D) lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. The other two WIC doubles teams (2D Allie-Schive-Sydney Schram and 3D Kailey Garavet-Lexi Dominici) won close matches in straight sets.

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