2018-10-11 / Sports

Regional play begins today for area tennis teams

By Sports Staff

Grand Blanc’s Andrew Hoover returns a shot at No. 4 Singles during a meet on September 22. 
Photo by Terry Lyons Grand Blanc’s Andrew Hoover returns a shot at No. 4 Singles during a meet on September 22. Photo by Terry Lyons GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc boys’ tennis team has seen continued success throughout the season and hopes to carry some momentum from last week’s second-place finish at the Saginaw Valley League championship into today’s Div. 1 regional at Saginaw Heritage. Teams have to win, place second or earn 18 points to move on to the state meet.

Teams also competing in the regional include Davison, Grand Ledge, Holt, Lansing Eastern, Lapeer, Saginaw Heritage and Traverse City West. Of those teams, none are currently state ranked.

The Bobcats will be very familiar with their opponents after a rigorous season in the SVL and look to be one of the favorites to secure a state tournament berth. Grand Blanc is led by Stuart Johnston at No. 1 Singles, Daniel Rubin at No. 2, Caleb Czajka at No. 3 and Andrew Hoover at No. 4. Each of those Singles players finished second at the SVL Championship last week, all losing to Midland Dow, which is not included in today’s regional.

For the Doubles tandems, Michael and Patrick Chatterton will compete at the No. 1 slot after securing first at the SVL championship last week. Noah Landon and Jacob DeFriez will compete at No. 2 after a second-place finish to Midland Dow at the SVL championship. At No. 3 will be Austin Zhang and Nirav Patel and Ryan MacDonald and Ethan Neirink will compete at No. 4 after finishing second at the SVL championship last week. – A.V.

GOODRICH: Goodrich enters Thursday’s regional at Div. 3 Kearsley as a top contender. The only ranked team in the regional is No. 7-ranked Petoskey. The field includes Bay City John Glenn, Clio, host Kearsley, Brandon, Owosso and Petoskey. Kearsley recently placed seventh at the Flint Metro League meet.

Goodrich beat Owosso 8-0 Monday coming off a tough 6-2 loss to Davison last Thursday.

“Well played match by all flights,” said coach Roger Conn. “I am always a little tentative following a three-day weekend, but the boys responded well. Good warmup heading into Thursday’s regional.”

At the beginning of the season, Conn had noted that the Singles flights were carrying the weight of the team while the doubles tandems worked out the kinks. That progress continued throughout the season for a more overall team performance. Small tweaks in the doubles pairings helped Goodrich shut out Lapeer 8-0 on Sept. 18. On Sept. 15, Goodrich took the title in the doubles tournament where all flights played doubles. It was an 11-hour marathon event. At the Almont Quad on Sept. 22, Goodrich placed fourth after giving up four three-set tiebreakers, marking more growth in the program.

Against Davison on Oct. 2, Conn noted No. 2 Singles player Josh Belanger for hanging tough to win his match after losing the second set. Sam Tedrow and Nick Henke at No. 4 Doubles also earned high praise. “I was proud of the way that Josh Belanger at No. 2 singles overcame a tough second set loss to win his match. He deserved one like this. No. 4 doubles of Sam Tedrow and Nick Henke continue to be a solid flight that can be counted on match in and match out.”

Goodrich’s lineup includes Jonathon Kippe at No. 1 Singles, Belanger at No. 2, Hayden Fernald at No. 3 and Will Nicklas at No. 4. Doubles pairings include Justin Bescoe-Brendan Wiederman at No. 1, Aaron King-Ben Stull at No. 2, Sam Posey-Matthew Brauer at No. 3 and Henke-Tedrow at No. 4. – L.P.

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