North Farmington’s No. 4 doubles earns flight championship

By: Sue Teggart | Farmington Press | Published October 26, 2011

 The North Farmington High’s doubles team of Rob Chapekis, left, and Andrew Murtland show off the medals they won at the Division 4 state finals. Murtland and Chapekis won the No. 4 doubles flight championship at the Oct. 15 state finals at Kalamazoo College.

The North Farmington High’s doubles team of Rob Chapekis, left, and Andrew Murtland show off the medals they won at the Division 4 state finals. Murtland and Chapekis won the No. 4 doubles flight championship at the Oct. 15 state finals at Kalamazoo College.

Photo courtesy of Alison Chapekis

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The North Farmington boys tennis team is riding high after returning home from the Division 2 state finals at Kalamazoo College with a flight champion at No. 4 doubles.

The Raiders finished tied for sixth overall in team standings, highlighted by the play of the newly crowned state champs of junior Andrew Murtland and sophomore Rob Chapekis.

The duo won eight straight sets, ending their run with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in the final.

“They did amazing all year, which speaks a lot for our team,” coach Whitney Wasielewski said. “They’re just very competitive, athletic boys, both of them. They just did a great job at states. I was really, really proud of their performance.”

The No. 2-seeded Raiders (24-5) dropped the first set of their opener against Portage Central’s Andrew Finch and Brandon West 6-4. With their backs against the wall, they rebounded to win the next two 6-4, 6-2.

“Their first match, if you look at the draws, they were down a set and a break in the second set, and they stayed composed and tough, mentally and physically, to come back and win that, and they didn’t drop another set the rest of the tournament.”

The Raiders defeated East Lansing’s duo in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-0 and OAA rival Bloomfield Hills Andover’s No. 4 doubles team 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

With the pressure mounting, Chapekis said he and Murtland didn’t want to go home empty-handed.

“We had the whole team watching us, and so many other people were watching us. We didn’t want to let anyone down,” Chapekis said. “We had worked so hard, and it was so exciting when we won. It showed that it all paid off in the end.”

Murtland agreed.

“It’s really awesome that me and Rob are the first team since 1999 to win it,” said Murtland. “It makes me really proud that me and Rob accomplished that, because it was one of our goals from the beginning of the season.”

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