Varsity Tennis finished the season 14-1-1 overall, 3-1–1 in conference, 3rd in the conference tournament, 3rd in the regional, and 14th of 24 state qualifiers in the state tournament.
Conference Champion South Christian was ranked 9th in the state, but could not get out of a tough Grand Rapids Region. Conference runner up Catholic Central did get 18 points to qualify and finished 8th in the state. Middleville qualified with 18 out of the Allegan region to finish 14th in the state. . Holland Christian was the winner of the Allegan region and finished 4th in the state while Allegan finished 7th.
The state tournament was held in Holland. 1-2-3 singles played at Hope Colleges Dewitt Tennis Center.
4 singles and 4 doubles played at Holland High School and 1-2-3 doubles played at Holland Christian High School.
In spite of a very difficult draw the ladies picked up five points by defeating two regional champions and a regional runner up on their way to a very successful day at the state tournament.
1. Grace Brown lost to Dearborn Divine Child 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Grace lost to an individual qualifier out of a very strong region in three sets. Middleville’s best player finished her sophomore year with a 22-5 record. She is an all conference selection.
2. Lexie Bays def. Cadillac 7-5, 6-4. Lexie came from behind in both sets to defeat a very good Cadillac player. Lexie has played much better near the end of the season with big wins over Allegan and Cadillac. Lexie finished 22-6 this season. She is also an all conference player.
3. Hayley Bashore lost to Stevensville Lakeshore 6-1. 6-1. Haley continues to be a steady player that had a tough draw against Stevensville Lakeshore. SL finished 8th as a team. Haley lost her state mach 6-1, 6-1 and finished a great season with a record of 21-5
4. Kayla VanGessel defeated a regional runner up from Ludington in a very close 6-2, 6-2 match. This was an outstanding match with plenty of pace from both players. Games were close throughout with long rallies and a variety of shots taken by both players. Kayla won her 24th match of the season while losing only 4 matches. Two of which were in the regional finals and the state championships. Her other two losses were both to South Christian.
1. Kari Johnson and Rachael Ranes won a second round match worth two points over regional champion Parma Western. Parma Western was the champion out of the Chelsea Region on the east side of the state. Kari and Rachael won in straight sets by a score of 6-3, 7-6 (2). Kari has improved her net and serve game lately and it really paid off for us in this match. Rachael continues to to be unshakeable in the backcourt and aggressive at the net. Our best doubles team brought home the most points of any flight. Earlier in the year I told Kari that 1D would win a big match for us this year. While they have won a number of matchs this was very big for our team. Our first doubles team finished 22-6 this season. Both were selected to the all-conference team.
2. The toughest draw of the day for the Trojans went to our second doubles team. Michelle Lindemulder and Alex Wilkinson played the number six seeded team in the state from St. Clair and fell 6-0, 6-3. This team has played exceptionally well in the conference and regionals defeating highly seed teams in both tournaments. They finished the year with a 20-6 record. This team played outstanding tennis over the past two weeks.
3. Abby Wright and Braelyn Durkee drew a regional champion but that didn’t seem to bother them. They won in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Our third doubles team then lost to the number one seed from Cranbrook Kingwood 6-0, 6-0. This team had an outstanding record at this flight. Abby was 22-5 and Braelyn 21-5.
4. Kenzie Kollar and Katie Hanshaw drew Fruitport and lost a very well played 4th doubles match in three very close sets by a score of 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Our fourth doubles team was very dependable all season. The both showed great improvement and confidence this season. Kenzie finished 18-6 and Katie 19-6 this season.
Congratulations to the 2016 team on an outstanding season.