Home-court advantage was not enough to help Grand Haven’s tennis squad obtain its goal of reaching the state tournament Thursday, as the host Buccaneers finished fifth at the Division 1 regional meet.
Grand Haven saw conference contemporaries West Ottawa and Grandville tie for the regional crown with 22 points each, while Rockford also advanced to the state finals in Midland.
“What a great day for our region, and our conference,” Grand Haven coach Jeremy Case said. “We were so honored to be host.”
The Bucs’ fifth-place finish was spurred by their single play, as all four competitors made it to the semifinals before losing.
No. 1 Korey Searle (6-1, 6-1) and No. 2 D.J. Thielbar (6-2, 6-4) both defeated Kalamazoo Central to get to the semifinals, and both seniors fell to West Ottawa players once they got there.
No. 3 Masato Arima (6-0, 6-3) also disposed of the Maroon Giants, before being taken down by Rockford.
At No. 4, Varun Biddanda (6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3) took out Hudsonville, before also falling victim to a Rams’ player.
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