It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Spring Lake tennis team, but once again, the Lakers are headed to the state finals.
Despite losing six players from its 2013 squad, the host school scored 20 points at Division 3 regional competition on Friday, two points above the 18-point threshold needed to guarantee a spot at Kalamazoo College in two weeks. Spring Lake finished second behind Cadillac, who poured in 28 points.
“We’re so excited,” said senior Roxane Stroebel. “This was a rebuilding year for us — we weren’t expecting much — but our (No.) 4 doubles pair of Such(leen Singh) and Allison (Dinneweth) have been killing it. We’ve really united as a team. It’s the icing on my four years of tennis – it’s perfect.”
Stroebel, who competed at No. 2 singles, was one of several Lakers who made it to the finals of regional action on Friday, along with Dinneweth and Singh, No. 3 singles Erika Kugler, No. 1 doubles Faith Lee and Jori Henderson and No. 2 doubles Audrie Dalman and Megan Oostindie.
Stroebel fell to Michaela St. Clair of Coopersville, 6-1, 6-1, while all other flights lost to the Vikings.
Spring Lake coach Cathy Layson said that a number of her players have stepped up in ways she didn’t foresee this season, citing Meryn Campbell’s smooth transition from No. 4 to 1 singles, Kugler’s new-found consistency and the transformation of Singh and Dinneweth.
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