From Staff Reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — MIDLAND — Well, one area event was played Thursday.
Traverse City Central avoided awful weather by playing indoors at the Midland Tennis Center to win the Midland Dow Quad that featured three teams that ended last season ranked in the top 10.
“We had probably the only high school athletic event in the state of Michigan,” Trojans coach Larry Nykerk said. “And maybe Ohio and Indiana, too.”
Central – which was ranked No. 5 in Division 2 last year — ended the day with 13 points, four ahead of runner-up and host Midland Dow and six in front of third-place Saline. Dow and Saline were No. 6 and 7 in Division 1 last year — and the Trojans make the jump to Division 1 this season.
Central won all four doubles flights and added in a singles title.
Kitty Mast and Elizabeth Pappas claimed the No. 1 doubles crown with 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-4 wins. Leah Potter and Katie Raymond took the No. 2 flight with 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2, 7-6 (4) victories, while Devon Dotterer and Abby Pilisin took No. 3 on the strength of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0 wins. Amelia Pezzetti and Molly Whiting finished off the doubles sweep with 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 4.
Kelly Milliken claimed the No. 2 singles top spot with 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0 victories.
Paige Cooley (No. 1 singles), Christi Druskovich (No. 3) and Taylor Weckstein (No. 4) each posted 1-1 records.
Today’s Great Lakes Invitational — which was already rescheduled from April 4 — had been postponed again.
Saturday’s Northwest Michigan Invitational is being moved to Jenison High School at 10 a.m. Nykerk said they have indoor courts reserved for the afternoon as a backup.
“We just want to play,” he said, “so we had to move it.”