Wykons rout IM with juggled lineup
IRON MOUNTAIN—In tennis, if even one player is absent, it causes a ripple effect throughout the lineup. And that’s what happened to the West Iron County boys tennis team against Iron Mountain on May 2.
With No. 2 singles James Swanson, part-time No. 4 singles player Josiah Holroyd and No. 3 doubles player Tyler Upperstrom out of town on a school-related function, Wykon coach Joe Serbentas had to shift players around. But in the end, the juggled lineup came through as West Iron rolled over the Mountaineers 7-1 on a cold afternoon at the Nelson Field tennis courts.
The Wykons (3-0) received straight set wins in seven flights to record the victory over Iron Mountain in a match that had been postponed from April 30 because of poor weather.
“We had to juggle the lineup a little bit due to some players absent for the (Business Professionals of America) Nationals,” Serbentas explained. “I thought all the guys stepped up and played some really sol-
id tennis today.”
With Swanson’s absence, normal No. 3 singles player Mitch Ballinger moved up to No. 2 with Alex Wickstrom taking over at No. 3 singles and Cole Alexa at No. 4 singles.
While Ballinger lost to Dakota Galazzi 6-3, 6-3, Wickstrom started fast to defeat David Juul 6-0, 7-5 and Alexa had no trouble with Blake Julian, winning 6-0, 6-0.
Holden Ross added a comfortable 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ryan Hakamaki at No. 1 singles.
In doubles action, Caden Pellizzer and Andy Fredrickson made it three consecutive wins to start the season at No. 1 doubles with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Joey Bogaudo and Jaden Vicenzi. Nolan Anderson and Lucas Isaacson also upped their record to 3-0 with a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brenden Lapoint and Gabe Richtig.