Grand Haven’s varsity girls tennis squad placed second at Saturday’s Holland Christian Invitational.
The host Maroons won the event with 18 points, followed by the Bucs (12), Haslett (11) and Spring Lake (8).
Grand Haven’s lone flight championship came at No. 3 doubles, where Nicolette Birkett and Josie Hendrickson scored wins over Spring Lake (6-2, 6-4), Haslett (6-1, 7-6) and Holland Christian (6-3, 6-1).
“We played really well as a team today,” said Bucs’ coach Jeremy Case. “I am proud of how we played. Josie and Nicolette played their best tennis of the season.”
Julia Bachmann went 2-1 at No. 3 singles, scoring wins over Spring Lake (6-1, 6-2) and Haslette (6-4, 6-2).
At fourth singles, Gretchen Kelly also won twice, beating Spring Lake (6-0, 6-1) and Haslett (6-1, 6-2).
Adi Smith and Maggie Ginocchio went 2-1 at first doubles, beating Haslett (6-3, 6-1) and Spring Lake (6-1, 6-3). At No. 4, Amelia Donohoe and Hailey Watkins finished 2-1, with wins over Haslett (5-7, 7-6 (10-6)) and Spring Lake (7-5, 6-4).
“Julia played her best tennis of the season, and her only loss was in three sets to the flight champion from Holland Christian,” Case said. “Gretchen continues to strengthen her game and picked up two quality wins. Adi and Maggie played fantastic today, picking up wins over Spring Lake and Haslett. Amelia and Haley played really well. Both of their wins were really close, and it’s good to see those matches swing in our favor.”
For the Lakers, Meryn Campbell needed a tiebreaker to edge the Bucs’ Erin Staal at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 1-6 (10-6).
Roxane Strobel went 2-1 at second singles, scoring wins over Holland Christian (6-2, 6-1) and Grand Haven (6-4, 6-4).
The Lakers’ third doubles team of Gretta Nyboer and Francie Bailey went 2-1, beating Holland Christian (6-4, 6-4) and Haslett (6-4, 7-5).
TROJANS WIN HOME INVITE
Fruitport hosted its home invitational on Saturday and placed first with 10 points. Sparta was second with nine points, followed by Muskegon Catholic Central with three.
The Trojans’ Anna LeBouf won at No. 2 singles, while Rebekah Busscher took first place at No. 3 and Kaitlyn LaBash won at No. 4.
The Trojans also captured a flight championship at second doubles, where Mackenzie Portenga and Lauren Doctor teamed up to go unbeaten.