SL tennis has gelled, now ready for state finals

A back injury sidelined Spring Lake's Ryan Fedewa for several weeks this fall, but the Lakers' sophomore is finally back at full strength, and just in time. Fedewa, who plays No. 1 singles, leads the Lakers' varsity boys tennis team into Friday's Division 3 state finals at Holly/Grand Blanc. He's got a chance to make a nice run at the state meet thanks to a favorable draw.
Matt DeYoung
Oct 13, 2011


“I play Trenton in the first round, and I don’t know anything about them,” Fedewa said. “Then I have Grand Rapids Christian, who is the No. 6 seed. He beat me 6-0, 6-4 when I played him earlier this year, but I was extremely nervous in that match. He’s definitely beatable.”

That’s the way the state meet goes, according to Lakers’ coach Charlie Bassett. It doesn’t matter how strong your season was. If you’re not seeded, you’re at the mercy of the draw.

For example, the Lakers’ No. 1 doubles team of Nic Parnell and Michael Hartliep had a fantastic season, but if they win their opening match on Friday, they’ll meet the No. 1 seed in the second round.

Spring Lake’s second doubles team received a better draw. Sophomores Harrison Palmer and Stuart Velarde play Trenton in the opening round, then get the No. 3 seed from Cranbrook.

“Hopefully we get win our first one and then have a good match with Cranbrook,” Palmer said.

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