Local tennis squads finish season at state finals
By Mark Vest
Posted June 12, 2013
Local tennis teams and players from Macomb County and the Grosse Pointes had the opportunity to compete at the state finals May 31-June 1 at various sites around the state. Here is how some of the teams and individuals fared.
Division 1 at Midland Tennis Center
Grosse Pointe South, from the MAC Red, took third place in the state finals, finishing with 20 points. Port Huron Northern was the D-1 state champion, scoring 24 points, and Farmington Hills Mercy finished as the state runner-up (22).
Locally, Utica had the next highest finish, as the Chieftains tied with two other teams for 15th place, ending the tournament with three points.
Utica Eisenhower finished in a tie for 20th place with three other squads.
Individually, South’s No. 4 singles player, Madie Flournoy, won a state flight championship. Maggie Sweeney (No. 3 singles) and Brooke Willard (No. 2 singles) also helped pick up some points for South, with Sweeney finishing as state runner-up and Willard making it to the semifinals.
South’s No. 4 doubles team of Morgane Flournoy and Kelly Beardslee also made it to the semifinals.
As its only representative, No. 1 singles player Davina Nguyen picked up all three of Utica’s points, making it as far as the semifinals.
Division 2 at Grand Blanc/Holly
Grosse Pointe North, also from the MAC Red, finished the D-2 finals in a tie for 14th place with Fenton, as each team came away with five points.
Birmingham Marian won the D-2 title with 28 points, with Birmingham Seaholm (23) and Grand Rapids Northern (21) rounding out the top three spots.
St. Clair Shores Lakeview finished in 19th place, scoring two points.
North got victories from Ali Scoggin (No. 1 singles), Maria Liddane (No. 2 singles) and Jayla Hubbard/Kayla Gallant (No. 1 doubles).
Leah Willoughby (No. 3 singles) and Claire Flood (No. 4 singles) each picked up an opening-round win for Lakeview.
Division 3 at Holland
Warren Regina’s No. 1 singles player, Alla Kedzierski, was the only local representative in the D-3 state finals. She lost her first-round match to Taylor Johnston from Parma Western.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood won the D-3 state championship, finishing with 39 points, with Allegan (23) coming away as the state runner-up, and Birmingham-Detroit Country Day (19) finishing third.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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