Grand Haven’s varsity girls tennis team placed third in Saturday’s O-K Red Conference tournament, and as a result, moved up to third in the final conference standings.
“The coaching staff is so proud of what we have accomplished this season,” said Bucs’ coach Jeremy Case, whose team tied for third during the league’s dual matches. “All of our girls did well (Saturday).”
The highlight of the tournament as a runner-up finish at No. 1 singles by the Bucs’ pair of Adi Smith and Maggie Ginocchio. They lost to Hudsonville in the finals of their flight.
Hudsonville won the league tournament with 45 points, followed by Rockford with 35. Grand Haven and West Ottawa each scored 27 points.
The Bucs host Spring Lake today and will honor the team’s seniors. Grand Haven then travels to Holland for the Division 1 regional tournament on Thursday.
The Lakers of Spring Lake also finished third at the Coastal Conference tournament, finishing behind league champion Ludington and runner-up North Muskegon.
Fruitport placed sixth and Western Michigan Christian seventh. The Lakers and the Trojans play in the Coastal Conference since only five Lakes Eight Conference schools offer girls tennis.
Spring Lake’s lone flight championship came at fourth doubles, where the team of Suchlee Singh and Allison Dinnewith — both seniors — trounced North Muskegon, 6-2, 6-2.
The Lakers’ No. 1 doubles team of Faith Lee and Jori Henderson entered as the No. 1 seed, but they were upset in the championship match by the second-seeded team from Ludington, 6-3, 6-4.
Spring Lake also reached the finals at No. 2 doubles, where Audrie Dalman and Megan Oostindie lost a hard-fought three-setter to Ludington, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-1.
The Lakers’ third doubles team of Gretta Nyboer and Francie Bailey fell in the finals to Ludington, 6-3, 6-2.
The hightlight for the Trojans was a conference championship at No. 4 singles by freshman Kaitlyn LaBash. She upset No. 1 seed Kennedi Killips of Ludington in the finals, 6-4, 6-3.
The Lakers play at Grand Haven today, then host the Division 3 regional meet on Friday.