Fruitport girls tennis team closes out season at state meet

Tribune Staff • Jun 5, 2018 at 12:21 AM

The Fruitport girls tennis team closed out their season at the Division 3 state meet in Holland last weekend.

The Trojans battled through a loaded field of competition but finished without a win in their eight flights.

Detroit Country Day won the state championship with 38 points, followed by Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood with 22, Forest Hills Eastern with 21 and Grand Rapids Christian with 18.

At No. 1 singles, Trinity Busscher fell to Maria Poortenga of Grand Rapids Christian, 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Haleigh Winskas received a first-round bye, but dropped to Annika Weeber of Grand Rapids Christian 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the following round.

Olivia Parling received a first-round bye at No. 3 singles before being eliminated by Madison Hall of Flint Powers Catholic 6-2, 6-4. At No. 4 singles, Hannah Kelley received a first-round bye, but fell to Hope Eichorn of Sturgis in the next round, 6-3, 6-3.

In the doubles flights, Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse received a first-round bye at No. 1 doubles, but fell to Anjani Raja and Sophie Vogelsang of Haslett in the next round, 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 2 doubles, Rachael Weiland and Hannah LaBash fell to Maddie Pedlow and Julia Schachinger of Chelsea, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 3 doubles, Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman were eliminated by Olivia English and Abigail Wodrich of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 4 doubles, Summer Woodring and Audrey Split fell to Corrine Dale and Gretchen Kuras of Chelsea, 6-3, 6-3.

"The state meet didn't go as well for us as we would have liked," said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. "We were limited in our ability to get a win and produce a point with a very tough draw across our eight flights. Thus, we finished 24 at state this past Friday.

"The girls played productively and had three-set matches that just did not go our way. Regardless, this was a great season for us all together as a team that we thoroughly enjoyed."

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