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Bob Maxey

Norsemen playing well down the stretch


September 27, 2012
The Grosse Pointe North boys' tennis team is finding its groove just in time for the regionals.

Last week the Norsemen crushed Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 8-0. SMCC played Ann Arbor Greenhills tough and came into the match ready to roll.

Instead, the Norsemen sent them back to SMCC with a shutout loss in matches that took only 90 minutes to complete.


"Our guys are playing some very good tennis right now and the improvement has been fun to watch," head coach John VanAlst said.

"This is a good group of guys."

In four singles matches, the Norsemen lost only three total games and they lost only seven games in four doubles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Bryan Butts won 6-0, 6-0, and Bobby Mulpuri won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Jake Zacharias and Matthew Kain took care of business in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles flights, winning 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.

The Norsemen's No. 1 doubles team of Jeremy Harr and Grant Shaheen won 6-3, 6-0, and Connor Olzem and Nick Cusmano won by same score at No. 2 doubles.

Tom Vismara and John Champney blitzed their foes 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles and Zack Josfiak and Tom Rafaill won 6-1, 6-0 to complete the pummeling.

North also finished its Macomb Area Conference Red Division dual match season, beating Utica Eisenhower 6-2 to finish in third place at 2-2.

Grosse Pointe South won the division title at 3-0-1, followed by Port Huron Northern at 3-1, Grosse Pointe North at 2-2, Eisenhower at 1-2-1 and Warren Cousino at 0-4.

"Our guys are fighting for every point and win or lose, they are giving 110 percent," VanAlst said.


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