Number of local girls tennis teams qualify for state finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published May 28, 2013

Several Macomb and Wayne county prep tennis teams and players will represent their schools during the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1-4 state finals.

The finals in all four divisions take place May 31 and June 1. The D-1 finals will be hosted by the Midland Community Tennis Center. Grand Blanc/Holly will host the D-2 finals. The D-3 finals will be hosted by Holland. Kalamazoo College will host the D-4 finals.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett will play in the state finals after finishing second in a D-4 regional, played May 17.

Liggett coach Cathy Hackenberger knows what’s at stake for every team that qualified for the finals and understands each team will play their best.

“We’re at the big kids table now, so if we work out a few things, I think we’ll be able to make some headway.”

Division 1
Defending D-1 champion Grosse Pointe South won its regional, played May 16. South captured championships in five of eight flights and was runner-up in three others.

Utica Eisenhower will make a return trip to the D-1 finals after finishing second at its May 17 regional. Ike players were runners-up in four flights.

Utica High’s No. 1 singles player, Davina Nguyen, qualified for the finals after winning the No. 1 singles flight championship.

Division 2
Grosse Pointe North will make its fifth straight trip to the D-2 finals after winning its regional. North won seven of eight flights in the May 17 regional.

In the same regional, St. Clair Shores Lakeview finished second to qualify for the state finals. Lakeview will make its first trip to the finals since 2009.

Division 3
Warren Regina’s No. 1 singles player, Alla Kedzierski, placed second in her flight during a May 16 regional at Mount Clemens to qualify for the D-3 finals.

Division 4
With its second-place finish, this year will mark the fifth time in six years that Liggett has qualified for the state finals.

“We had some of the best teams in the state in our regional in 2012, so that made it tough for us to qualify,” Liggett coach Cathy Hackenberger said. “I think we have one of the more mentally tough teams around, so we’re going to work on the strategy portion of the game (to prepare for the state finals).”