South tennis team finds recipe for success

Blue Devils form perfect blend to win state title

By: Jon Malavolti | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 13, 2012

 Grosse Pointe South’s girls tennis team poses with the Division 1 state championship trophy June 2 at the Midland Community Tennis Center.

Grosse Pointe South’s girls tennis team poses with the Division 1 state championship trophy June 2 at the Midland Community Tennis Center.

Photo courtesy of Cristy Hyde

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Grosse Pointe South’s girls tennis team proved true the old sports saying of ‘every point counts’ as the Blue Devils utilized their depth to win the Division 1 state title.

South was the lone school at the D-1 finals to score at least two points in every flight at the June 1-2 competition in Midland.

The Blue Devils finished with 26 points, just edging past Clarkston High and Port Huron Northern, which both finished with 25.

The state title was extra special to South coach Mark Sobieralski.

“Winning the state tournament this year meant a great deal more to me because I have watched most of these kids since they were in middle school,” he said. “All of them have been in our junior programs throughout the years.”

Redemption was another key theme for the Blue Devils during the finals.

“We had four flights at states that defeated players they had lost to during the regular season,” Sobieralski said.

And mixed within that depth and redemption was a blend of experience and talented up-and-comers that combined together perfectly to form South’s recipe for success.

“We had senior experience in doubles and youth in singles,” Sobieralski said.

In the singles flights, Carmella Goree (No. 1), Brooke Willard (No. 2) and Samantha Perry (No. 3) all finished in the quarterfinals, while No. 4 player Maggie Sweeney won her flight.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Emma Hyde and Sydney Keller were quarterfinalists; the No. 2 team of Amelia Boccaccio and Carrie Lynch won their flight; and the No. 3 team of Ginny Hayden and Clare Brennan, and the No. 4 team of Kate Krueger and Katherine Halso finished as runners-up.

The win by Boccaccio and Lynch, in which they won in the third set and finished 34-0 on the season, clinched the title for South after the Blue Devils trailed Port Huron Northern by one point heading into the final day of competition.
 

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