WIC finishes runner-up to Westwood in U.P. Finals
IRON RIVER—In the end, the West Iron County girls tennis team’s season played out much like coach Joe Serbentas hoped it would – get top-shelf play from the top two doubles teams, solid winning efforts from the other doubles teams and noticeable improvement from his singles contingent.
All that equated to a runner-up finish in the U.P. Division 2 Finals held on Oct. 2 in Kingsford and Iron Mountain. The Wykons wound up with two flight championships, three second-place finishes and three third-place finishes.
West Iron’s efforts fell a bit short as Westwood won its fourth straight championship, outdueling West Iron 22-15. Iron Mountain finished third (11), Gwinn placed fourth (4), Munising took fifth (3), Ironwood wound up sixth (1) and Ishpeming failed to score and finished seventh.
No. 1 doubles Eden Golliher and Tori Bociek and No. 2 doubles Anna Malmquist and Emily Nelson led the way for the Wykons with championship runs at their flights.
“I thought the team performed about as well as it could,” Serbentas said. “I got good play out of all flights. They were competitive and gave everything they could, so I was very happy with the results.
“Obviously, you always try to win, but we all knew going in that Westwood was the favorite because I think they only lost two people from last year’s team.”
Westwood won six flight championships by sweeping the singles and taking the No. 3 and No. 4 doubles crowns. The only roadblock on the Patriots’ way to a complete sweep was put up by West Iron’s top two doubles teams.
Senior No. 2 doubles tandem Anna Malmquist and Emily Nelson completed their unbeaten season by dispatching Westwood 6-1, 6-3 following a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Iron Mountain. Malmquist and Nelson earned their second straight U.P. title and were barely challenged during the year.