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Grosse Pointes, Troy, Warren

October 10, 2013

Troy takes tennis regional title

Grosse Pointe South and Troy Athens also qualify for state finals

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Pictured is Troy Athens' Richard Zang. Zang won the no. 1 singles flight at the Grosse Pointe South regional with a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the final.

With first-place finishes in five flights, Troy earned 28 points to win the Grosse Pointe South tennis regional Thursday evening.

Vinai Reddy won at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory for the Colts, while teammate Sal Kagithala won the No. 4 flight  6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Every flight in doubles competition came down to a final between Troy and Grosse Pointe South, with Troy taking three of the four.

Sachin Ketkar and Vince Thieu won at no . 2 doubles 6-2, 7-6(7-0). In no. 3 doubles Andrae Ingram and Pramod Mulagabula team together for a 6-4, 6-2 win for the Colts. Mark Elinski and Kevin Fietsam won 6-2, 6-0.

"It was a whole team effort today, everyone stepped up, everyone played well," Troy coach Brian Miska said. "I was really proud that everyone fought hard the entire day because it's tough to play three matches in a day, especially when it's winner take all and if you lose you're out, and they all fought hard and rose to the occassion."

Grosse Pointe South took second place with a total team score of 24 points. South's Patrick Willard won the No. 3 singles flight title 4-6, 7-6(7-2), 7-5.  At No. 1 doubles, Victor Flynn and Will Norris won 6-2, 7-5.

Troy Athens will also advance to the state finals. Led by Richard Zang's 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles, Athens collected 20 points as a team.

Rounding out the regional was Warren Cousino and Sterling Height Stevenson with nine points, Warren De La Salle had three, Fraser with two and Detroit Cass Tech with one.

The Division 1 state finals that Troy, Grosse Pointe South and Troy Athens will be participating in begins on Oct. 18 at the Midland Tennis Center.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.