WIC’s unbeaten streak ends
IRON RIVER—Successful streaks in sports are often eye-catching and memorable. And certainly the one put together by the West Iron County boys tennis team was both.
But eventually all streaks end and the Wykons 19-match unbeaten dual-match streak was snapped last week when Negaunee knocked off West Iron 8-0 in Negaunee on May 14.
The Miners won 12 of the 13 sets played to send the Wykons (6-1-1) to the defeat. Only No. 3 singles Mitch Ballinger was able to win a set, but eventually he fell to Peyton Anderson 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
“We needed a test like Negaunee to see where we sat as a contender,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas said. “Negaunee is the real deal, they are loaded with talent and played with determination. We gave them a good battle at several flights but came up short. We are very young and gained valuable experience in this match.”
Other than the No. 1 and No. 4 doubles matches in which Negaunee won easily, the other matches were competitive. Three flights had sets determined by tiebreaker, including No. 1 singles match where Holden Ross fell to Chas Kampula 6-4, 7-6 (5), No. 4 singles where Alex Wickstrom lost to Jordan Mason 7-6 (5), 6-3 and No. 2 doubles where Nolan Anderson and Lucas Isaacson fell to Jake Larson and Ander Sorensen 7-5, 7-6 (2).
West Iron’s No. 2 singles player James Swanson fell just short twice, losing to Will Luke 6-4, 6-4.
The night before, the Wykons extended their unbeaten streak with an 8-0 pasting of Ishpeming in Iron River. West Iron swept all 12 games played at five flights, while only losing three games at No. 1 doubles (Caden Pellizzer-Andy Fredrickson) and one at No. 4 doubles (Tyler Upperstrom-Dawson Rybicki).
Ross, Swanson and Ballinger scored 6-0, 6-0 wins, while Wickstrom won by default. The doubles teams of Anderson-Isaacson and Drew Hebert-Logan Horton also recorded shutout wins.
In their final match of the week, the Wykons fought to a 4-4 stalemate at Marquette. West Iron won at No. 2 singles (Swanson), No. 3 singles (Ballinger), No. 4 singles (Wickstrom) and No. 2 doubles (Anderson-Isaacson).