WIC girls tennis team facing partial rebuild
IRON RIVER—In recent seasons, West Iron County girls tennis coach Joe Serbentas could pretty much pencil in his singles lineup before preseason practice even started. His task became finding the best fits to place in the doubles flights.
This year is the opposite. The Wykons have three doubles teams back this fall from last year’s U.P. Division 2 runner-up team, including two U.P. champions, but graduation losses have hit hard in singles.
Gone are mainstays Katarina Serbentas (No. 1 singles U.P. champion), No. 2 singles Colbi Laturi and 2017 U.P. No. 3 singles champion Izzy Hoogenboom.
“This year’s team will be very different from last year’s team because of the loss of singles players that played the last four years in the varsity lineup,” Joe Serbentas said. “We are going to be a work in progress in the singles this year, but we have some very athletic girls returning in other spots to mitigate what we lost in singles.
“The lineup isn’t going to be established and locked in for a little while as we try to patch some holes that were left from last year’s runner-up squad.”
The singles lineup is not completely barren, however. Junior Livea Mazurek returns after finishing runner-up at the U.P. finals at No. 3 singles after being promoted from No. 4 singles because of an injury issue in the West Iron lineup late in the year.
Also, West Iron brings back sophomore Kali Applin, who replaced Mazurek at No. 4 singles and finished runner-up in the U.P.s.
Serbentas said those two will likely be the foundation of his new singles set-up, along with senior Kali Dennis, who played No. 3 doubles a year ago.
Where West Iron is strong is in the doubles ranks. Back are a pair of U.P. Division 2 champions - senior Eden Golliher and junior Tori Bociek at No. 1 and seniors Anna Malmquist and Emily Nelson at No. 2.