WIC girls tennis team aims high

IRON RIVER—A strong roster of returning letter-winners means the West Iron County girls tennis team is all lined up for another memorable season.
    Last fall, the Wykons took second place in the Division 2 U.P. Finals, finishing two points behind Westwood. But only two members of that team graduated: Natalie Tomasoski and Aly Pangrazzi.
    The rest are back, another year older and with more experience. “We should have a fun season,” said WIC coach Joe Serbentas, “with many returning players.”
    The singles lineup is set, headlined by seniors Katarina Serbentas, Colbi Laturi and Izzy Hoogenboom, who have “put together some impressive career records.”
    West Iron can back them up, too. “We have height and length in our doubles lineup,” Serbentas said, “which can cause fits for opposing teams.”
    With a tough early season schedule, the younger players need to develop quickly.
    “After getting runner-ups last year in the Great Northern and U.P. tournaments,” the coach commented, “the girls are hungry to improve their skills and finish stronger this season.”
    Serbentas is assisted by John Spelgatti. This year’s roster, with returning letter-winners marked with an asterisk:
    --Seniors: Katarina Serbentas*, Colbi Laturi*, Izzy Hoogenboom*, Lexi Dominici*.
    --Juniors: Eden Golliher*, Emily Nelson*, Anna Malmquist*, Kali Dennis*, Nicole Polzin.
    --Sophomores: Tori Bociek*, Livea Mazurek*.
    --Freshmen: Aurora Dahl, Madison Berutti, Kali Applin, Amberly Henschel
    ● The season started with wins at Ishpeming (8-0, Aug. 15) and Kingsford (6-2, Aug. 16). The Kingsford Invitational was held Aug. 17.
    The Wykons got their season rolling with an 8-0 shutout at Ishpeming on Aug. 15. A clean sweep in both singles and doubles. Competing at singles were Katarina Serbentas (1), Colbi Laturi (2), Izzy Hoogenboom (3) and Livea Mazurek (4).
    The doubles starters were Eden Golliher-Tori Bociek (1), Anna Malmquist-Emily Nelson (2), Lexi Dominici-Livea Mazurek (3) and Madison Berutti-Emily Quayle (4).
    All eight matches were decided in straight sets, with Malmquist and Nelson winning a double shutout, 6-0, 6-0, and two other flights lost just one game. The only struggle came from Berutti and Quayle, who battled to a 7-5 win in the first set, then cruised 6-1 in the second.
    The Wykon singles players blanked Kingsford in their Aug. 16 match, but the Flivvers won two of the doubles matches—the Wykons won 6-2. In singles, none of the girls lost more than three games in their straight-set wins. Laturi had a dominating 6-1, 6-0 victory.
    Domenici and Kali Dennis earned a 6-0, 6-0 win in third doubles, and Bociek-Golliher triumphed 6-0, 6-3. At second doubles, Malmquist-Nelson lost a first-set tiebreak, then fell 6-1 in the second set. At 4D, Berutti and Aurora Dahl lost 3-6 but won the second 6-3. The third set battle went to 6-6 before the Flivvers won the tiebreaker.
    ● This week, the Wykons hosted Negaunee (Aug. 20), then went back on the road to Marquette (Aug. 21), Escanaba (Aug. 22) and the Westwood Invitational (Aug. 23). They return to Nelson Field Aug. 24 to host Iron Mountain. All are morning matches, since school doesn’t start until Aug. 27.