Nathan Anttila of Menominee returns a shot during his No. 3 singles match against Luke Truscott of Iron Mountain Monday. <br> EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Nathan Anttila of Menominee returns a shot during his No. 3 singles match against Luke Truscott of Iron Mountain Monday.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
MENOMINEE - The wind was whistling across the Menominee tennis courts Monday and the winds of change are blowing for Maroon tennis.

The Maroons hiked their record to 4-2-1 with their third straight victory - an impressive 6-2 win over Iron Mountain. The Mountaineers finished third in the U.P. Divsion 2 Finals last season.

"The guys are really gaining a lot of confidence and having a lot of fun while doing it," coach Troy Reuter said.

The new No. 4 doubles tandem of Jared Rivard and Devon Harris played strong from the opening serve in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jordan Wadge and Nick Lusardi.

"They are still learning the game but those two are two of the top athletes in the area," Reuter noted. "Their athleticism is hard to match."

At No. 2 doubles, Michael Kinsey and Caleb Kleiman earned a pair of 6-3 wins over Henry Hakamaki and Danny Willman.

The Maroons' No. 3 duo of Colton Fernstrum and Chris Kelley turned back Nick Cecconi and Jacob Mongrain 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.

The Mountaineers' Gerry Pirkola and Max Forenza won the Division 2 No. 1 doubles title last season but got all they could handle in a pair of 6-4 wins over Ryan Woods and Chad Schuelke.

Woods and Schuelke are back together at doubles after playing together two years ago.

"They played really well together and will probably stay together the rest of the year," said Reuter.

Bret Anderson, who has been matched up against the U.P.'s best at No. 1 singles all season, pocketed a 6-1, 7-5 win over Taylor Huotari.

"I'm very happy for Bret," the coach said. "He has been putting in his time and battling some very tough competition this year. It was great to see him get a nice win."

Davey Luplow rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Sawyer Kujala at No. 2 and Devon Barley controlled Al Tomassoni for a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4.

"Davey Luplow and Devon Barley both continued their successful junior campaigns with two more convincing wins," said Reuter.

The Maroons start a swing of three straight road matches today against Marquette.

Singles
No. 1 - Bret Anderson (M) def. Taylor Huotari, 6-1, 7-5; No. 2 - Davey Luplow (M) def. Sawyer Kujala, 6-0, 6-4; No. 3 - Luke Truscott (IM) def. Nate Anttila 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; No. 4 - Devon Barley (M) def. Al Tomassoni, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 - Gerry Pirkola/Max Froenza (IM) def. Ryan Woods/Chad Schuelke, 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 - Michael Kinsey/Caleb Kleiman (M) def. Henry Hakamaki/Danny Willman, 6-3, 6-3; No. 3 - Colton Fernstrum/Chris Kelley (M) def. Nick Cecconi/Jacob Mongrain, 7-6, 6-0; No. 4 - Jared Rivard/Devon Harris (M) def. Nick Lusardi/Jordan Wadge, 6-0, 6-2