West Iron girls fall shy of U.P. D2 tennis crown

ISHPEMING—The West Iron County girls tennis team and its counterpart from Westwood were on a collision course all season for the right to claim supremacy in Division 2 in the Upper Peninsula
    That anticipated matchup materialized at the U.P. Finals, hosted by Westwood on Oct. 4. The tournament had been originally scheduled for Oct. 3 but was pushed back because of poor weather.
    The Wykons and the Patriots eventually faced off in the finals in seven of the eight flights with the team championship in the balance. In the end, it was Westwood who claimed its third consecutive U.P. Division 2 girls championship, edging West Iron by one point.
    The Patriots won five of those seven flight championships to compile 20 points. West Iron defeated Westwood in two and added another flight championship to wind up with 19 points.
    Iron Mountain (7), Ishpeming (6), Munising (3), Ironwood (1) and Gwinn (0) rounded out the field.
    Scoring U.P. championships for West Iron were No. 1 singles Katarina Serbentas, No. 1 doubles Eden Golliher-Tori Bociek and No. 2 doubles Anna Malmquist-Emily Nelson.
    “When we came into this thing, we felt we had a good chance,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas said. “We felt that we could get all flights to the finals and we felt that if we had a good day, we could win.”
    While all that is true, the fact is that West Iron’s chances of ending Westwood’s reign took a substantial hit with the late-season loss of senior No. 2 singles Colbi Laturi to a foot injury. With Laturi out, Serbentas was forced to shift his singles lineup in three spots – Izzy Hoogenboom up from No. 3 to No. 2, Livea Mazurek from No. 4 to No. 3 and freshman Kali Applin into the varsity lineup at No. 4 singles.
    While Serbentas did not use Laturi’s injury as an excuse for falling short, he explained the repercussions.

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