Tennis roundup: SL nearly sweeps rival Fruitport

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Spring Lake’s varsity tennis team kept its perfect head-to-head record in tact on Wednesday, as it thumped rival Fruitport on the Trojans’ home courts, 7-1.  The Lakers’ dual meet record is now 3-0, while Fruitport falls to 0-2-1.

Spring Lake’s lone loss on the day came at No. 2 singles, where junior varsity sub Erika Kugler lost in straight sets to the Trojans’ Liz Taylor, 6-1, 6-0.

The Lakers simply dominated the rest of singles flights, as Lenka Pousova, Amanda Twu and Meryn Campbell each won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

It was more of the same in doubles action, as Madison Khem and Faith Lee scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1; Stephanie Sabo and Jori Henderson romped to a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 2; Maddie Parker and Audrie Dalman rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 decision, and Rachel Briegel and Megan Oostindie breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4.


Grand Haven’s No. 3 and 4 doubles teams each improved to 3-0 this season, but the Bucs’ varsity tennis team couldn’t produce any other flight victories in its home loss to West Ottawa on Wednesday.

“We expected West Ottawa to be a tough conference match and it was,” said Grand Haven coach Jaime Oppenlader. “Overall, the team is making progress with every match, we just need to turn a corner. But give credit to West Ottawa. They have a veteran team and they played hard and well in every flight.”

The senior duo of Lauren Kruggel and Allison Cotter scored a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 3 doubles to remain unbeaten this season, as did junior Nikki Birkett and freshman Josie Hendrickson at No. 4 doubles. They prevailed 7-5, 6-3.

Bucs’ junior Erin Staal went the distance in her No. 1 singles match against the Panthers’ Kristine Koeze, but couldn’t duplicate her early match success, falling 6-4, 2-6, 5-7. The rest of Grand Haven’s singles players lost in straight sets, including Meghan Hendrickson, Gretchen Kelly and Ellery Murphy.

Maggie Ginocchio and Olivia Reed were dealt a 6-2, 7-5 loss at No. 1 doubles, while Adi Smith and Melissa Eveland drooped a 6-3, 6-1 decision at No. 2 doubles.

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