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Prep Roundup: Grand Haven girls tennis finishes second at Early Bird Invite

Tribune Staff • Mar 27, 2017 at 1:03 AM

The Grand Haven girls tennis team split their opening dual matches of the season at Allegan on Saturday.

The team started off the day with a 6-2 loss to host Allegan, but rebounded with a 7-1 win over Northview.

Julia Bachmann at No. 1 singles and Kelsey Lansky at No. 2 singles both finished 2-0 on the day to lead the Bucs.

Against Northview, Samantha Korecki at No. 4 singles and Audrey Reus and Lilja Plumert at No. 1 doubles also picked up decisive wins. Also picking up wins for the Bucs in that match were: Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt at No. 2 doubles, Felicity Alde and Alyssa Yeager at No. 3 doubles, and Hannah Staal and Laura Slocum at No. 4 doubles.

Grand Haven coach Chris Wilton was happy to see the team make adjustments on the fly in the first competition of the season.

“Although we lost to Allegan, there were many long, close matches,” he said. “The team really settled in and improved in their second matches, especially the doubles teams. Each team improved, even from their second set with Northview over the first set. That kind of improvement is really what we are looking for at this time of the season.”

Laker tennis finishes runner-up at Hope College

The Spring Lake girls tennis team started their season with a strong performance at the Zeeland East Indoor Invitational on Saturday at Hope College.

The Lakers tallied 13 points to finished second overall, seven points behind first-place Zeeland East and one point ahead of third-place Hamilton.

The tournament scoring was unique for a high school tennis event, in that the teams play shorter sets to four instead of the usual six.

At No. 1 doubles, Mekenzie Regualos and Anna Kramer had an amazing start to their season, earning the flight championship. They defeated all three opponents: Reeths Puffer (4-2, 4-1), Hamilton (4-0, 4-2) and Zeeland East (4-2, 4-1).

At No. 1 singles, Erin Henderson battled all afternoon, losing two very close 3-set matches to Hamilton and Zeeland East. However, she finished the night winning a close match against Reeths Puffer, 5-3, 5-4(8-6).

At No. 2 doubles, Annie Brechting and Taylor Hoffman started the day 2-0, defeating Zeeland East (4-2, 4-1) and Reeths Puffer (4-0, 4-1), before falling to a very tough Hamilton team in a third set tiebreaker.

Spring Lake Cathy Layson was happy to see how hard her team battled throughout the rigorous event.

“Francie Bailey (No. 2 singles) battled all afternoon,” she said. “Although the scores weren't in her favor, she made huge improvements with each match. Carina Schubert (No. 3 singles) played three strong opponents, finally defeating a very talented Reeths Puffer player to cap off her day. Jensen Hussey (No. 4 singles) started her day with two straight wins against Hamilton and Reeths Puffer.

“Our doubles teams worked hard, too. Annie Brechting and Taylor Hoffman (No. 2 doubles) started the day 2-0, before falling to a very tough Hamilton team in a third set tiebreaker. Sydney Prescott and Hannah Cabala (No. 3 doubles) also started their season 2-0, before falling to the tough team from Zeeland East, and Jo Ruter and Rachel Oostinde (No. 4 doubles) began their brand new partnership defeating Reeths Puffer and Hamilton. They finished the evening losing to a talented Zeeland East team, but they showed steady improvement with each match.”

SL boys lax closes out Portage Central

The Spring Lake boys lacrosse team traveled to Portage Central on Saturday to play the Mustangs on a rain-soaked field.

The Lakers jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 9-7 win.

Colby Brown had an incredible day in the treacherous terrain, scoring six goals to lead the Lakers (1-1), while Dominic Molotyky added one goal and one assist.

Also adding contributions for the team were: Isaiah Griswold with three assists and Gavin Alban with one goal.

Brant Verlinde had a great day in the cage making 10 saves.

“Long stick middies Gavin DeVries and Mitch Payne created a nice handful of forced turnovers against the Mustang midfielders,” said Spring Lake head coach Doug Sharp. “Keegan O'Donnell played some great defense and turned in another inspiring performance at the face-off, winning three out of four draws.”

Junior varsity: Spring Lake defeated Portage Central, 8-3. Noah Locascio score four goals to lead the Lakers (2-0), while Joe Duell netted two scores and Jack Lauinger scored a goal.

The Lakers will host Lowell on Wednesday with the junior varsity taking the field at at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.

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