Singles sweep powers Wykons past Flivvers
KINGSFORD — West Iron County, powered by a singles sweep, downed Kingsford 6-2 in high school girls tennis Thursday.
“West Iron is a very solid and experienced team, so I am happy with how we performed today, especially being so early in the season,” said Kingsford Coach Sarah Massie.
Flivver No. 2 doubles Annie McCole and Teagan Petschar spilled Emily Nelson-Anna Malmquist 7-6 (4), 6-1.
“Annie McCole and Teagan Petschar played very well together despite both having different partners on Wednesday,” said Massie, referring to the season opener with Iron Mountain, Menominee and Munising.
Kingsford’s other point came No. 4 doubles Jessica Tomasoski and Anna Murvich over Aurora Dahl and Madison Berutti 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2).
“Jessica and Anna won a long and hard fought match,” Massie said.
The Wykons won at No. 1 doubles with Eden Golliher-Tori Bociek and No. 3 with Lexi Dominici-Kali Dennis.
“This was a good challenge early in the season for our doubles teams,” said WIC Coach Joe Serbentas. “Kingsford always puts out tough competitors and they battle throughout matches.
“Eden and Tori played to their strengths and aggressively went after points around the net.”
WIC singles Katarina Serbentas, Colbi Laturi, Izzy Hoogenboom and Livea Mazurek each won in two sets.
“Our singles lineup did an excellent job of taking the initiative in points and offensively putting their opponents in tough spots,” Serbentas said. “Kat, Colbi, Izzy and Livea really focused in their matches on consistency and strategy.”
The Kingsford Invitational takes place Friday. WIC will be among the participants.
“Overall, this was a match that everyone can build upon,” Serbentas said. “As a team we have to keep trucking with this very busy schedule to start the season.”
ISHPEMING — Iron Mountain swept singles and defeated Ishpeming 5-3 in high school girls tennis Thursday.
Westwood downed the Mountaineers 7-1 in the other match Thursday.
“We had a long, hot day of tennis again,” said Coach Tony Tatangelo, whose Mountaineers played three matches Wednesday. “It seemed that today was the day for some to have several tiebreakers.”
In the opener with Westwood, Mountaineers No. 1 singles Jorden Stoner lost a second-set tiebreaker.
“Jorden played well against Westwood,” said Tatangelo, noting a tiebreaker decided her match with Ishpeming. “She came out against Ishpeming strong but heat and exhaustion quickly set in. She rallied back in the second set to win it 6-0, and take the super tiebreaker to win the match.”
Mountaineers also gained singles wins from Macy McCormick, Arianna Morel and Danika Juul against the Hematites.
“Macy stood her ground against Ishpeming,” Tatangelo said. “Arianna had a tiebreaker in both matches. She rallied at three singles to win in a super tiebreaker. Danika Juul posted her first win of the season at the four singles spot.”
Iron Mountain’s point against Westwood came at one doubles where Saylor Swartout and Claire Mongrain dropped Aubrie Magnuson and Karlie Patron 6-1, 6-2.
“Saylor and Claire came out strong against both teams and there was no looking back,” Tatangelo said. “Those two girls are playing well together. They are picking the other one up when they get down and they have great serves and shot placement.
“I’m happy with how all my girls played today.”
The Mountaineers play today in the Kingsford Invite.