Wykon net team gets season going
Emmy Kinner, at second singles, follows through on her two-handed backhand shot during a West Iron girls tennis match last week.
IRON RIVER—Wet weather took out most of the first week of West Iron’s girls tennis schedule, but the team got three matches in early last week.
After getting blitzed at Negaunee 8-0 in their season opener Aug. 21, the Wykons started last week with a 7-1 win at home against Ironwood but followed that with losses to two other Division 1 powers: 5-3 to Marquette on Aug. 25 and 7-1 to Escanaba on Aug. 26, also at home.
Unluckily, the Wykons opened their season against the Miners. “Negaunee is a front-runner in Division 1,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas said, “so we knew we were going to have our hands full.”
The Miners won all eight matches in straight sets. Megan Quayle and Natalie Tomasoski (first doubles) forced a second set tiebreak, and second doubles Allie Schive and Sydney Schram lost two close sets, 4-6, 4-6. “I thought we really competed well for our first match with such a young lineup,” the coach noted.
WIC gained some consistency at a weekend tourney in Kingsford and fared much better vs. Ironwood, showing improved strategy. The top doubles teams (Quayle-Tomasoski and Schive-Schram) both won, and so did Kailey Garavet-Lexi Dominici (3D; 6-0, 6-0).
In singles, Emmy Kinner (2S) won in three sets, and freshmen Katarina Serbentas (3S) and Colbi Laturi (4S) both won in two. The Red Devils’ top player, Kathleen Mieloszyk, stopped Jessie Prudhomme at first singles 6-2, 6-1.
The Wykons were evenly matched at Marquette, with five of the eight matches decided going to the third set. WIC got wins from Quayle-Tomasoski (1D) and Schive-Schram (2D), who, said their coach, are both playing smart tennis.
Kinner (2S) also won—after losing a 7-9 tiebreak in the first set, she took the next two sets 7-5, 6-0 for the victory. Despite losing in the end, WIC freshmen gained valuable experience: Serbentas (3S),
Garavet-Dominici (3D) and Izzy Hoogenboom-Olivia Rozine (4D) all battled hard in three-set matches. Dominici is a junior; the others are frosh.