Grand Haven Tribune: Prep roundup: GH tennis battles West Ottawa

Prep roundup: GH tennis battles West Ottawa

Tribune Staff • Apr 16, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Weather wipes Monday calendar

A brief period of Winter weather invaded the spring prep season Sunday, derailing schedules for the week. All Grand Haven sporting events Monday afternoon were canceled, along with plenty of others from local schools.

Among the postponed or canceled contests were: Grand Haven baseball at Montague, Grand Haven track hosting Caledonia, Grand Haven girls lacrosse hosting West Ottawa and Spring Lake softball at Sparta, Western Michigan Christian track’s Lakes Eight Quad, and Western Michigan Christian girls tennis, which is postponed to today.

Rescheduling efforts are underway.

Bucs tennis falls to West Ottawa

The Grand Haven girls tennis team found clear weather south as they traveled to West Ottawa for an O-K Red Conference battle, falling 7-2.

Both Grand Haven victories came in the singles flights, as Sam Korecki and Alyssa Hatzel each won their matches in straight sets at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

The match of the day came at No. 3 doubles, as Sam Huyler and Lexie Kalio took a highly-touted West Ottawa pair to three sets, winning the first before fading down the stretch.

“I was pleased with the effort today, and I really liked how the team did not five their opponents many points,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “Even with some of the scores looking lopsided, most of them were competitive points and games. They played hard and did not quit. I am very encouraged with the teams’ improvement today. They played well against the team that finished seventh in the state last year.”

Lilja Plumert fell at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2; Sam Korecki won at No. 2 6-1, 6-1; Hatzel won at No. 3 6-1, 6-4; while Grace Smit fell at No. 4 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles play, the No.1 pair of Lauren Slocum and Ellie Slater fell 6-0, 6-2; the No. 2 pair of Miya Vliet and Clare Duplissis fell 6-0, 6-0; the No. 3 pair of Kalio and Huyler fell 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; the No. 4 pair of Taylor Kleyn and Salome Ellis fell 6-0, 6-2; and the No. 5 team of Chloe Kamminga and Holly Waite fell 6-1, 6-1.


Fruitport tennis takes fourth

The Fruitport girls tennis team took on a star-studded field over the weekend, attending a tournament featuring South Christian, Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grandville, Grand Rapids Christian and Mona Shores.

The Trojans finished fourth in the field of eight with 13 points.

Winning their flights for Fruitport were No. 3 singles player Olivia Parling and No. 4 singles player Hannah Kelly. Parling did it with a win over Mona Shores, 6-3, 6-1, East Kentwood, 6-4, 7-6(1), and Catholic Central, 7-6(5), 6-2. Kelly took wins over East Kentwood, 6-3, 6-3, South Christian, 6-0, 6-0, and Caledonia, 6-1, 6-0.

Finishing 2-1 on the day were No. 1 singles player Trinity Busscher, No. 2 singles player Haleigh Winskas and the No. 2 doubles pair of Hannah Labash and Hope Busscher.

“An overall good day for the team considering this was our first action of the season,” said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher.

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