Wykons battle to stalemate with Maroons
IRON RIVER—At the Kingsford Invitational early in the year, the West Iron County girls tennis team got its first look at the Menominee Maroons. But the Maroons were a bit shorthanded that day leading to a dominant 7-1 Wykon victory.
But when Maroons arrived at the Nelson Field courts for a dual match on Sept. 10, they had shuffled their lineup extensively, moving some doubles players into singles spots. So the Wykons got a different opponent than they saw in mid-August.
And this time, the two squads battled to a 4-4 tie. Given the lineup switch, West Iron dominated three of the four doubles flights, but captured only one singles flight.
“They’ve been rotating players around in their lineup a little bit,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas said. “Usually you don’t see that so late in the year. So, they’re rolling the dice. They’ve got more strength and depth at singles now, but they’ve weakened their doubles flights.”
Serbentas said he thinks Menominee is setting up its lineup for the Great Northern Conference tournament in late September, where by nature of the event, teams are not matched up one versus another as they are in dual events. But no matter the reason, the Maroons proved to be a tougher team to knock off when the two teams met in Iron River.