West Bloomfield High’s Ayushi Uppal goes to hit the ball during a match earlier this season. West Bloomfield finished third in its regional with 14 points. The top two teams in each regional qualified for the state finals.

West Bloomfield High’s Ayushi Uppal goes to hit the ball during a match earlier this season. West Bloomfield finished third in its regional with 14 points. The top two teams in each regional qualified for the state finals.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Local girls tennis teams set to compete for state titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published May 22, 2019

METRO DETROIT — The girls tennis season will come to a close when teams take the court for the Divisions 1-4 state finals, set for May 31 and June 1 at various sites. A number of standout players and teams from programs inside the C & G Sports coverage area will vie for state titles after advancing through the regional tournaments.

The top two teams at each regional advanced to the finals, while individuals not part of qualifying teams moved on by either winning at No. 1 singles or finishing as runner-up in the flight.

Division 1 schools head to the Greater Midland Tennis Center, D-2 programs are at Holland High, D-3 will compete at Novi High, and D-4 is at Kalamazoo College.

Here is a breakdown of local qualifying teams and individuals by division. The teams’ state rankings according to the May 19 Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association poll is in parentheses.

 

Division 1
The teams from Farmington Hills Mercy, Grosse Pointe South (No. 1), Troy High (No. 6), Troy Athens, Utica Eisenhower (No. 8), Bloomfield Hills High (No. 2) and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek will all travel to Midland to battle in the state finals.

Individually, Rochester High’s Sara Ang advanced, winning the No. 1 singles flight at her regional.

Of note, Grosse Pointe South will play for the program’s 15th state championship. Mercy took runner-up in 2013, while Troy High’s lone title came in 2003.

 

Division 2
Birmingham Seaholm (No. 2), Bloomfield Hills Marian (No. 4), Berkley High, Birmingham Groves (No. 10) and Grosse Pointe North will converge on Holland High to fight for state titles.

Seaholm won the D-2 title last season, while Marian finished second. Seaholm has won five state titles since 1997 and six overall. Marian has three state championships.

 

Division 3
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (No. 2) and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (No. 1) head to Novi High to vie for a shot at the D-3 crown.

Cranbrook won five straight titles from 2011 to 2015, giving the program 16 banners. Country Day has won three straight D-3 crowns and has 12 state titles on its résumé.

 

Division 4
Royal Oak Shrine (No. 10), Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart (No. 1) and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett head west to Kalamazoo College to battle for the state championship.

Sacred Heart has won five titles since 2012, including last season. Liggett’s program has captured 20 state championships.