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Beline Obeid
September 12, 2013
Grosse Pointe South’s boys’ tennis team earned an important 5-3 win over Troy Athens last week.

The win helps the Blue Devils gain higher seeding than the Athens players in the regional tournament.

“It was a nice win over a good team, which we will see at regionals,” head coach John Willard said.

The host Blue Devils won only one of four singles matches as Patrick Willard won 7-6, 6-2.

They swept the four doubles matches as each flight won in straight sets, but each match was tough.

At No. 1 doubles, Victor Flynn and William Norris won 6-4, 6-3, and Stephen VanWalleghem and Michael Schaller won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The duo of Brendan Clune and Nick Costakis won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles, and the No. 4 doubles squad of Brian L’Heureux and Tom Garberding won 6-0, 6-4.

The Blue Devils were competing in an invitational at Novi last weekend and midway through the rains came and postponed the matches.

“We never finished, but we still had some highlights,” Willard said. “The competition was good and our guys played well.”

Flynn and Norris had a big win over their West Bloomfield foe, as did Clune and Costakis.

VanWalleghem and Schaller lost a tough match to Novi, falling 7-6, 7-5, but L’Heureux and Garberding rallied to beat the duo from Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

Grosse Pointe South improved to 2-1 overall.

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