SL tennis heats up the court

Grueling three-set victories at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles gave Fruitport a boost, but the Trojans were no match for Spring Lake's depth in Lakes Eight Conference girls tennis action on Wednesday. The defending conference champion Lakers remained unbeaten on the season at 3-0 following a 6-2 win over the visiting Trojans. The two teams endured miserable conditions, including temperatures in the high 30s with brief stints of snow and rain mixed in.
Matt DeYoung
Apr 21, 2011

The Trojans’ Elnes Ohnewald, an exchange student from Germany, shrugged off the blustery weather and won a thrilling three-setter over Lakers’ junior Abbey Cook. Ohnewald took the opening set, 6-4, then Cook rallied to win the second, 7-6 (3). The third set was back and forth before Ohnewald, a senior, pulled out the victory.

Fruitport’s second win came at the top doubles flight, where juniors Carrie LeBeouf and Emma Middlecamp scored a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over the Lakers’ Lauren Kelso and Hayley Schram.

“You can see in some of the higher flights where we have some experience, the matches are closer,” Trojans’ coach Brad Busscher said. “The lower flights weren’t as close. We just don’t have the experience.”

The Lakers, with plenty of experience and talent on their side, cruised in the other six flights.

At second singles, junior Audrey Amendt downed Kelsie Haase, 6-0, 6-4. Senior Mary Hamati cruised past Trojans’ junior Abby Bozik at third singles, 6-2, 6-0, while Spring Lake’s Roxanne Strobel continued her outstanding freshman season with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Fruitport freshman Ashleigh Visscher. Both Hamati and Strobel are unbeaten on the young season.

In doubles action, Spring Lake’s Louise Silverman and Madison Khem blanked Fruitport’s Beverly Mutchler and Kaylee McWilliams at No. 2, 6-0, 6-0. Katie Fisher and Faith Lee overpowered Fruitport’s Liz Taylor and Megan Kriger at third doubles, 6-2, 6-0, while at fourth doubles, Morgan Khem and Hannah Gilbertson downed Alissa Selle and Katie Bell, 6-0, 6-3.

“Things are going really well. Our doubles are very strong,” Lakers’ coach Sarah Peterson said. “Our singles are coming along. They’re getting the kinks out, and they’re ready to play. Mary Hamati at No. 3 singles played very well, and Roxanne Strobel’s been really consistent at No. 4 singles.

“Our No. 2 doubles team of Madison and Louise also played really well.”

Spring Lake’s 1-0 start to the conference puts the Lakers on path to defend their Lakes Eight title.

Spring Lake has also scored wins over Coopersville and Whitehall. The Lakers placed second at the Zeeland East indoor tournament earlier this spring.

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