Clinton Township, FraserMay 13, 2014
Three-way tie in MAC Blue
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
FRASER — As the MAC Blue tournament neared an end on May 6, Fraser coach Greg Dalida knew something was possible that he’s never experienced before.
After a day of tightly contested matches across the board, the results of the remaining matches led to a three-way tie for first at the divisional meet. Fraser, Chippewa Valley and Warren Cousino finished 32 points for the day, while Anchor Bay finished with 31 points and Utica Ford collected 29.
“I’ve been coaching for 16 years between boys and girls, and I’ve ran this tournament several times between the two seasons, and I’ve seen a lot of one-point victories where it’s really close coming down to the last match,” Dalida said. “If I’ve seen a tie, it’s only been once, and I’ve never seen it where three teams are neck-and-neck, and I’ve definitely never seen it where five teams are that close. In my opinion, it was a five-way tie, and there’s no clear winner in this division.”
Utica Ford’s Kristen Vogellehner took first in No. 1 singles by defeating Anchor Bay 6-4, 6-0 in the final. Also winning for Ford were Kendall Snyder and Joana Rushiti in No. 1 doubles, and Rachel Semaan and Hannah Domke in No. 2 doubles.
Fraser freshman Noel Bielski took the No. 2 singles title by knocking off the flight’s top-seed in the semifinal before beating fellow unseeded freshman Cyra Obedencioof from Warren Cousino 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
“We had really great performances at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, who both came from unseeded to make it to the finals. Our No. 4 doubles also had a great day to beat a seeded team to make it to the finals,” Dalida said.
“Everybody had to contribute in order for us to do well, and we got contributions from everyone. Sometimes, the team aspect of tennis is lost, but today, for us, we relied on the team to our benefit.”
Chippewa Valley freshman Victoria Ochs completed an undefeated season in MAC Blue competition by winning the No. 3 singles flight with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Utica Ford in the final.
Chippewa also got a flight win in No. 4 singles from sophomore Natalie Bradley.
Monica Schulte and Marissa Nicholas took the No. 3 doubles title for Cousino by defeating both the second-seed team from Chippewa Valley and the top-seeded team from Anchor Bay.
Anchor Bay’s Allison Gottberg and Lauren Malik defeated Fraser 6-3, 6-4 to win the No. 4 doubles flight.
In the regular season, Anchor Bay and Utica Ford were co-champions by earning eight points in divisional play. Chippewa was third with seven points, Fraser was fourth with four, and Cousino took fifth by winning one match and tying another for a total of three points.