The visiting Bulldogs won all four singles flights in straight sets, and wrapped up the win when Grant Klairter and Josh Kulka edged the Buccaneers’ Bryce Peterson and Evan Miller in three sets at No. 4 doubles. Peterson and Miller won the first set, 6-3, but lost the next two, 6-2 and 7-6 (7).
The other three doubles flights were won by the Bucs. Cam Rickard and D.J. Thielbar won handily at No. 1; Ryan Peterson and Craig Peplinski cruised at No. 2; and Adam Carlisle and Reid Murphy won at No. 3.
“The last match of the day (at No. 4 doubles) gave Grandville the win,” said Bucs’ coach Jeremy Case. “Grand Haven was up in the third set, but couldn’t finish, and allowed Grandville to win in a third-set tiebreaker.
“We need to learn from this heartbreaking loss and bounce back quickly. I thought we prepared well and for the most part executed well to force a tie. We need to work harder in singles so that there isn’t so much pressure on the doubles players.”
Grand Haven is back in action on Saturday at the Holland Christian Invitational.
LAKERS BLANK WMC
Spring Lake’s tennis squad improved to 3-2 overall with an easy 8-0 win over visiting Western Michigan Christian.
Singles winners for the Lakers included Ryan Fedewa at No. 1, Stuart Velarde at No. 2, Eric Johnson at No. 3, and Craig Pratt at No. 4.
Doubles winners were Mitch Davis and Kasey Panyard at No. 1, Brenden Peel and Josh Cole at No. 2, Patrick Wang and Trevor Zenas at No. 3, and Jonah Yoshonis and Griffin Wagasky at No. 4.
The Lakers will play in the Holland Quad on Saturday.
ORIOLES FLY PAST TROJANS
Fruitport dropped its Lakes Eight Conference opener to Ludington on Wednesday, 8-0.
“Our doubles played pretty well,” said Trojans’ coach Brad Busscher, whose team is now 0-2 overall. “Those matches were a little bit more competitive. Our singles just need to play a little better than they did yesterday.”