Traverse City St. Francis advanced two singles players and one doubles teams into the semifinals, as the Gladiators wrapped up the first day of action at the Division 4 girls tennis state finals in third place Friday at Kalamazoo College.
No. 1 Amanda Bandrowski, No. 4 Lauren Hansen and the No. 3 team of Sarah Stayman and Rosie Wilson have won each of their matches thus far and will continue their quests for a state title when action resumes today at 8 a.m.
Bandrowski got to this point by beating her opponent from Grandville Calvin Christian 6-1, 6-1, then surviving a marathon match against Kalamazoo Christian's Lizzie Bauss, wining 7-6, 6-7, 6-1.
Hansen posted straight set victories over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 7-5, 6-2 and beat Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semis.
Stayman and Wilson won three matches to reach today's action, beating Jackson Lumen Christi 6-1, 6-2, then upsetting the fifth-seeded team from Portland 6-2, 6-2 and the fourth-seeded team from Lansing Catholic 6-3, 6-2.
Grosse Ile leads the pack of teams with 21 points. Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart is second with 19 and St. Francis is third with 15.
"We've never had 15 points in two full days," said St. Francis coach Jeff Hughes. "Every flight got at point. We've never had that happen. We're in a great spot."
At No. 2 singles Natalie Burke won 6-2, 6-0 over Liggett, but lost 6-3, 6-2 to Kalamazoo Christian.
At No. 3 singles Lena Popp beat Williamston 6-2, 6-2, then fell to Grosse Ile 6-0, 6-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Chloe Lodge and Bailey Chouinard beat Hemlock 6-3, 6-4, before losing to Grosse Ile 6-0, 6-3.
The No. 2 doubles team of Courtney McCardel and Emily Szmania beat Niles Brandwine 6-2, 6-3 and lost to Sacred Heart 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 4 doubles team of Carlee McCardel and Bethany Richey beat Liggett 6-3, 7-5 and lost to Williamston 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Central in fifth at state finals
Traverse City Central finished the regular season ranked fifth in the state.