2018-05-17 / Sports

Area tennis teams set to hold court at regionals

By Sports Staff


Grand Blanc’s Lucy Burau returns a shot during a meet last season. Burau will compete for Grand Blanc at No. 2 Singles during today’s regional. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Grand Blanc’s Lucy Burau returns a shot during a meet last season. Burau will compete for Grand Blanc at No. 2 Singles during today’s regional. Photo by Austin VanDaele MIDLAND –A state tournament berth is on the line as Grand Blanc competes in its regional tournament at the Greater Midland Tennis Center today. The action was slated to kick off at 9 a.m. with many tough opponents standing in the Bobcats’ way of getting back to the state meet. Teams have to win the regional, place second, or earn 18 points to move on. The winner and runner up at No. 1 Singles earn automatic berths.

The Bobcats will be joined by Carman-Ainsworth, Davison, Grand Ledge, Holt, Lapeer, Midland Dow, Saginaw, Saginaw Heritage and Traverse City West. Of those teams, Midland Dow will be the toughest out as it currently sits as the No. 1 ranked team in the state in Div. 1, and the only ranked team in the regional. Other tough matchups include Lapeer and Saginaw Heritage, which both had strong finishes at a Saginaw Valley League meet last Thursday. Heritage was second and Lapeer placed fifth.

Grand Blanc recently faced Saginaw Heritage at a tournament and lost 6-2 with wins coming at No. 2 and No. 3 Singles. The Bobcats were also at a tournament with Midland Dow just last week, and defeated Holt 6-2 earlier in the season, but have yet to face any other team in its regional.

Ava Dunlap will compete at No. 1 Singles for Grand Blanc, while Lucy Burau takes the No. 2 slot. Hannah Smith is at No. 3 and Adriana Hesson at No. 4.

Doubles teams include Mackenzie Borg-Mary Handenburg at No. 1, Sarah McCormick-Annabeth Towarnicky at No. 2, Maya Cafasso-Ashley Trinidad at No. 3 and Sena Kaddurah- Victoria Clever at No. 4. – A.V.

GOODRICH: Div. 3 at St. Clair, There’s a lot of familiarity in the Div. 3 regional Friday, as the Blue Water Area Conference teams just completed their league meet on Saturday, albeit delayed because of rain. Almont and Imlay City know full well who they will have to get past after Saturday’s precursor to the regional. First and foremost is Div. 3, No. 9-ranked host St. Clair, favored to defend its title from a season ago.

Almont has already flexed its muscle against Armada, Cros- Lex, Imlay City and Yale this season, tying with Yale 4-4, falling to Cros-Lex 5-3, beating Armada 5-3, falling to St. Clair 6-2 and beating Imlay City 7-1. Almont also lost to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 7-1 and beat Marysville 5-3.

That its successes have come from a very young team speaks to Almont’s drive. Only two players remained off last year’s team after graduation in Maria Bussone and Nadia Manko. Everyone else was considered a newcomer.

At the BWAC Meet Saturday, Cros-Lex captured its first league title since 2002, Almont tied for second and Imlay City sixth.

Goodrich has only posted five meet results this season including a double 7-1 loss to Durand, a 4-4 split with Flint Kearsley a 7-1 win over Corunna and a 5-3 loss to Clio.

Goodrich’s lineup includes Katelyn Mullane at No. 1 Singles, Kaylee Hopkins at No. 2, Cassidy Bartkowiak at No. 3 and Halle Moore at No. 4. Doubles tandems include Sophia Holt-Morgan Swett at No. 1, Hannah Girling-Allison Wood at No. 2, Madeline Swett-Emma King at No. 3 and Ella Maxwell-Cook-Jayden Deering at No. 4. — L.P.

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