SL tennis challenged by Orioles, but still unbeaten in Lakes 8

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Spring Lake received a tougher challenge from Ludington than its previous matchups in the Lakes Eight Conference, but the result was the same.

The Lakers picked up three wins in both singles and doubles flights to score a 6-2 win against the Orioles on Wednesday at Ludington High School.

In singles play, the Lakers picked up wins from Lenka Pousova at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0); Roxane Stroebel at No. 2 (6-3, 7-6 (8)); and Meryn Campbell at No. 4 (6-1, 6-4).

Madison Khem and Faith Lee were pushed to the limit at No. 1 doubles, but they outlasted Ludington’s Gabrielle Kelly and Stephanie Kelly, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Spring Lake’s other two winners had easier matches, with Stephanie Sabo and Jori Henderson winning in straight sets at No. 2 (6-3, 6-4); and Rachel Briegel and Megan Oostindie also winning in two, 6-4, 6-4.


League favorite Hudsonville proved why it has earned that label on Wednesday, as it posted a clean sweep of Grand Haven’s varsity tennis team, 8-0.

“Hudsonville is clearly the top team in the O-K Red this year,” said Grand Haven coach Jaime Franson. “While we fought hard in every match, it seemed like those critical few match-determining points all went to Hudsonville. We went into this contest determined to continue building up toward the conference tournament in 10 days, and we did just that.”

The closest the Bucs came to tasting victory was at No. 3 doubles, but the team of Lauren Kruggel and Allison Cotter saw their undefeated record tarnished with a 7-6, 3-6, 1-6 setback to Hudsonville’s McKenna Lee and Elizabeth Jones.

Every other Grand Haven flight lost in straight sets, including the previously-unbeaten No. 4 doubles team of Josie Hendrickson and Nikki Birkett. They fell by a 6-4, 6-4 score.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven improved to 3-2 on the season with a 5-4 win over Hudsonville on Wednesday.

Amelia Donohoe and Hailey Watkins won at No. 1 doubles, while Arden Clark and Sophie Kruggel won at No. 3. Alexa Hennessey and Brittany Paver won at No. 7; Chelsea Paul and Ellyse VanDyke won at No. 8; and at No. 9, Meghan Bannink, Brianna Moynihan and Taylor Hodges teamed up to get the win.

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