Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

May 17, 2013

TCC girls beat Midland, qualify for state finals

MIDLAND — Make it 32.

Traverse City Central qualified for the girls tennis state finals for the 32nd straight year, handily winning the Division 1 regional at Midland.

“We said early in the day that our goal was 30 points,” Central coach Larry Nykerk said, “because we knew 30 points would be a darn good chance of taking home the trophy.”

The Trojans scored exactly 30 points, with runner-up Midland Dow scoring 20 and Traverse City West placing third with 14 in the 11-team event.

“This is the best the girls have ever finished in the regional,” West coach Chris Michalowski said. “They far exceeded our expectations for this year.”

The Trojans won six of eight flights, with West claiming one.

Central’s Paige Cooley won No. 1 singles with three straight-set victories, including a 6-4, 6-1 win over Grand Blanc in the finals.

Kelly Milliken claimed No. 2 singles with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Midland Dow for the title, and Taylor Weckstein won the No. 4 singles crown with a pair of straight-set wins and an injury default.

Leah Potter and Katie Raymond won the No. 2 doubles title with a 6-2, 6-0 championship win over Dow, while Abby Palisin and Devon Dotterrer lost only three games in their first two wins and then earned a 6-4, 6-0 win over TC West’s Kaelyn Hughes and Stephanie Schreiber in the final.

Amelia Pezzetti and Molly Whiting topped Dow 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 4 doubles final.

West’s Monica Hessler and Sydney Diss won No. 1 doubles over Central’s Kitty Mast and Eliza, taking the final in a lengthy 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) decision.

Central’s Christi Druskovich breezed through two matches at No. 3 singles before falling in the final to top-seeded Dow.

The Trojans have won a regional title in 22 of the last 32 years.

West hosts Tuesday’s Big North Conference championship.



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