Tennis: Wykons, Marquette battle to 4-4 draw

MARQUETTE — West Iron County and Marquette each split singles and doubles girls tennis matches Tuesday for a 4-4 draw.

“This was a hard fought match in tougher weather conditions,’ said WIC coach Joe Serbentas, noting winds gusting around 20 mph and temperatures around 60 degrees. “This match couldn’t have been any closer between two evenly matched teams.”

Six matches went three sets including No. 2 singles where WIC’s Colbi Laturi downed Mollie Kilpela 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“Colbi did an outstanding job coming back after a first set loss to win her next two,” Serbentas said.

Eden Golliher-Tori Bociek and Anna Malmquist-Emily Nelson, WIC’s Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, also posted wins. Three singles Izzy Hoogenboom was the other Wykon winner.

“The top two doubles teams also made some nice adjustments during their matches to come back after being down a set,” Serbentas said. “Many of the matches lasted two hours and involved back and forth affairs throughout the sets.”

Marquette No. 1 singles Elysa Olivier outlasted Katarina Serbentas 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“Katarina and Elysa had a whale of a match that saw many great shots from two of the best players in the UP,” he said. “I was happy to walk out of Marquette with a tie knowing the effort our girls put in today.”

The Wykons (4-1-1) visit Escanaba today.

Flivvers top Esky

ESCANABA — Kingsford chalked up three doubles wins and downed Escanaba 5-3 in high school girls tennis Tuesday.

The Flivvers and Eskymos met in every flight in last week’s Kingsford Invite, with multiple flights going three sets.

“I was excited to see how today played out,” said Kingsford Coach Sarah Massie.

Marquette defeated Kingsford 7-1 on Monday. Flivver No. 2 doubles Annie McCole-Teagan Petschar downed the Redettes’ Carly Sandstrom-Natalia Robinia 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

McCole-Petschar also won against Escanaba.

“Our two doubles team has been playing very well lately,” Massie said. “Both girls have been working on being aggressive at the net and it’s paying off for them.”

The Flivvers (3-3) compete Thursday in the Westwood Invite.

Mountaineers blank Gwinn

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain shut out Gwinn 8-0 in high school girls tennis Tuesday at Amos Marston Eastside Courts.

“It was a change of pace for the weather,” said IM coach Tony Tatangelo. “We were lucky to have cool temp, however the wind wasn’t in anyone’s favor.”

The Mountaineers won six matches in two sets.

“All of my girls came out ready to go today,” Tatangelo said. “The work that they have put in at practice yesterday has paid off with several of their shot placements.”

Jorden Stoner and Macy McCormick, IM’s top two singles, recorded wins. Megan Garvaglia-Bella Brown and Megan Murray-Anna Pirkola, posted their first doubles wins at Nos. 2 and 3.

“I was happy to see Stoner and McCormick really working on hitting away from their opponent rather then right to them,” Tatangelo said.

The Mountaineers (3-3) host Ishpeming on Thursday.

“We have a few things to work on in practice,” Tatangelo said.