SL tennis sits 9th at tennis state finals

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Spring Lake varsity girls tennis coach Cathy Layson watched seven of her eight flights win their opening match at Friday’s Division 3 state meet at Kalamazoo College.

Those opening victories helped the Lakers garner nine points, which puts them in a tie for eight place going into the second day of action today.

Spring Lake doesn’t have any chance of moving up that list, since every flight then lost — to either the No. 1 or 2 seed.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood holds down the top spot after Day 1 of the finals with 24 points.

Spring Lake’s Roxane Strobel won her opening match at No. 2 singles, beating Alex Oswalt of Vicksburg, 6-3, 6-0. She then ran into the top seed, Anna Short of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood and lost 6-0, 6-0.

Erika Kugler also won her opener at third singles, beating Elle Kersten of Trenton, 7-5, 6-3. She also ran into a top seed, Madelyn Karoub of Detroit Country Day, and lost 6-0, 6-0.

At fourth singles, Maddie Johnson won over Sarah Wiltsie of Trenton, 6-2, 7-5. That earned Johnson a meeting with second-seeded Sarah Carroll of Country Day. Carol advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win.

After a first-round bye, Meryn Campbell lost her first match at No. 1 singles, falling to Kayla Stencel of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles play, the Lakers’ No. 1 duo of Faith Lee and Jori Henderson won their first-round match, beating Battle Creek Harper Creek, 7-5, 6-3. They then lost to top-seeded Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 6-1, 6-1.

Audrie Dalman and Megan Oostindie followed a similar script at second doubles as they won their first-round match over Armada, 6-3, 7-6 (3). They then fell to the No. 2 seed from Grand Rapids Christian, 6-1, 6-3.

Gretta Nyboer and Francie Bailey cruised in their first-round match at third doubles, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Vicksburg.

Nyboer and Bailey then lost to the top seed from Cranbrook-Kingswood, 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 4 doubles, Suchlee Singh and Allison Dinneweth needed three sets to dispose of Parma Western, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. They then fell short against Grand Rapids Christian, the No. 2 seed, 6-1, 6-0.

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