Regional tennis action sends local teams to state finals

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

Oakland county girls tennis teams battled in regional action May 16-18 at various locations across the state.

In the tournaments, the top two teams in points or a third team that reached a predetermined number of points — and any individual who made it to the No. 1 singles championship match — earned a spot in the state championship, which will be played May 31 through June 1.

The Division 1 state final is at the Midland Community Tennis Center; D-2 teams head to Grand Blanc and Holly; D-3 is in Holland; and D-4 plays at Kalamazoo College.

Here’s a look at all the local squads and individuals who punched their tickets to the state championships.

Division 1 May 16 at Grosse Pointe South
Troy High and Troy Athens earned their spots, finishing second and third, respectively, behind the host Blue Devils.

The Colts boasted No. 1 singles champion Amanda Guo and two other flight winners at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

Athens had three runner-up finishes to propel it into the final.

Division 1 May 17 at Rochester High
Farmington Hills Mercy and West Bloomfield High are heading to the finals.

Mercy finished second behind Clarkston High and had four flight champions, including three in doubles.

West Bloomfield was third and tallied four runners-up, including Aerielle Pendleton at No. 1 singles.

Division 2 May 17 at North Farmington
Bloomfield Hills Andover won North Farmington region, with Bloomfield Hills Lahser and host team rounding out the top three.

Andover led with five flight champions; Lahser had two champions, led by Mollie Fox at No. 1 singles. North Farmington finished with one flight winner and three runners-up.

Andover coach Josh Molino said his team finished regular-season play at 3-8 overall, but the competition it faced is paying dividends.

“I really wanted to challenge the girls with the adversity of a tough schedule, and I think it helped us going into the regional,” he said.

This is the last run for Andover, as it is joining Lahser next season to form Bloomfield Hills High.

“The girls have really dedicated themselves,” he said. “We also cheer for Lahser. We support them because we know they’ll be joining forces. We’re just hoping that Oakland County comes out with a good showing.”

Division 2 May 16 at Beverly Hills Groves
It was the Bloomfield Hills Marian and Birmingham Seaholm show in the Groves regional. In every flight, the teams battled for the championship, with each squad coming away with four titles.

Seaholm’s Labina Petrovska was the winner in No. 1 singles.

Division 3 May 16 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood won the regional, earning seven titles and one runner-up finish. The Cranes’ Alexandria Najarian was tops at No. 1 singles.

Country Day came in second with six runners-up and one flight champion at No. 1 doubles.

Cranbrook is taking aim at its third straight state championship.

“I thought (Country Day) played hard,” Cranbrook coach Jeff Etterbeek said. “I think it showed our girls that we better be ready to play at states and gave us a little inspiration to work harder in the next couple weeks.”

Etterbeek added that he believes he has the talent on the squad to make it three straight, but it won’t be easy.

“I think if we play to our abilities, we certainly do (have a chance),” he said. “Going into it, we’re certainly favored, but that’s a dangerous thing. Everyone is aiming for us, and we have to be ready to play.”

Division 4 May 17 at Almont High
Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart dominated its way to the regional title, with seven flight championships and one runner-up.