IRON RIVER – The West Iron County girls tennis team heads into the Great Northern Conference championship tournament today on the back of a four-game winning streak, which included an 8-0 win over Norway on Monday in the Nelson Field tennis courts.
With the win, the Wykons finished their regular season doubleheader at 5-7-1.
“The team is starting to get in shape with the tournaments coming up,” WIC coach Joe Serbentas said. “The CNGs will be a good tune-up before the UP tournament on Thursday next week.
“The seniors finished the regular season today and are hungry to reach the final stretch. The leadership from the seniors has been fantastic all season and their last game at home was just what I was hoping for.”
West Iron swept all 12 sets played. The Wykons won the No. 4 singles and No. 4 doubles matches by forfeit.
At No. 1 doubles, seniors Callista Bortolameolli and Lillie Schmutzler led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mary Cavagnetto and Sadie Powell.
“Callista and Lillie played a really good game today, mostly error free,” Currant said.
Senior Autumn Smith and sophomore Kaitlyn Smith posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jayda Hunter and Kerri Krupazak at No. 2 doubles, while senior Bailey Hoffart and Aubrey Richardson defeated Mackenzie Crownover and Marley Toby by 6-1 and 6-1. at No. 3 doubles.
“Autumn Smith and Bailey Hoffart did a really good job keeping the ball at angles and looked focused today,” he added. Currant said.
Senior No. 4 singles Taylor Bett won her match by forfeit to round out the West Iron senior winners against the Knights.
In other singles matches, Aubrey Bice defeated Donna VanHolla 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Seanna Stine upset Emma Dube 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Alex Hanson beat Ella Wojtowicz by 6-4. , 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Destiny Lemery and Olivia Lamay won their No. 4 doubles match by forfeit.
“We look forward with confidence to the challenge ahead” Currant said.
MOUNTAINEEERS 5, MARONS 3
MENOMINEE — Iron Mountain swept the singles flights and added a win at No. 1 doubles to defeat Menominee 5-3 on Monday in Menominee.
Iron Mountain coach Marcus Celello said his team has become road warriors.
“The girls did a great job today with another win on the road,” he said “The way a team performs on the road speaks volumes for them, and we’ve had a very intense schedule this year.”
The closest match of the day featured Iron Mountain’s Natalia Brown against Menominee’s Elena Murphy. Brown won the first set easily 6-1, but Murphy fought back to take the second set 6-3. Brown capped off his victory with a 6-3 victory in the final set.
“She’s challenged herself often this year, and it was great to see her bounce back after dropping the second set.” Celello said of Brown.
No. 1 singles player Callie Bianco defeated Lola Doyle 6-3, 6-0 and No. 2 singles player Aziza Burgoon remained undefeated with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Mackenzie Doyle and No. 4 singles Rediet Husing drew. to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Maddy Kamin.
“All of our individual players continued their strong seasons,” Celello said.
The No. 1 doubles duo of Elle Lofholm and Anja Kleiman picked up the Mountaineers’ other win by defeating Madelyne Barker and Anna Axtel 6-2, 6-0.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to face Ironwood today and then travel to Negaunee for the Mid-Peninsula Conference championships on Thursday.
“Our marathon of a season is turning into a sprint and we’re ready to race,” Celello said.
REDETTES 7, FLIVVERS 1
KINGSFORD – The Marquette Redettes swept the singles matches and took three of the four doubles flights in their 7-1 win over host Kingsford on Monday.
Kingsford coach Tracy Rutter said the individual match scores and final team score did not reflect the way her team played.
“Marquette has a strong team” Rutter said. “(Our) team as a whole played really well.”
Kingsford’s No. 2 doubles pair of Addison Rutter and Linnea Grubb topped Hosanna Brindle and Maija Parkonen 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to record the Flivvers’ only win.
“No. 2 doubles teams played great tennis today. Coach Rutter said. “When they’re on, they’re on. It was a great game to watch.”
Rutter credited Janousek and Shanks for their efforts.
“Paige came back to close the gap in the first set” Coach Rutter said of Janousek, who fell to Annabella Martinson 6-3, 6-2. “She is a strong player and has continuously improved with each match.
“Allette had a long first set, which resulted in flip-flopping points, twos and long volleys.”
Shanks dropped a 7-5(7), 6-1 decision to Natalie Deneau.
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