October 24, 2013The Grosse Pointe South boys’ tennis team finished in a three-way tie for ninth place with nine points in last weekend’s Division 1 state finals tournament at the Midland Tennis Center.
Ann Arbor Huron won the state championship with 30 points and right on its heels were Novi and Birmingham Brother Rice, earning 29 and 28 points, respectively.
Head coach John Willard’s squad ended on a high note.
The highlight of the finals was the No. 1 doubles team of Victor Flynn and Will Norris, who made it to the semifinals before losing 6-1, 6-1 to Huron’s Aaron Brodkey and Akihiro Ota, the No. 1 seed.
Flynn and Norris had a first-round bye before beating Detroit Catholic Central’s David Killian and Matt Wolfe 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
The No. 2 doubles team of Stephen VanWalleghem and Mikey Schaller beat Grand Blanc’s Josh McKenzie and Arth Patel 6-0, 6-4 in their first match before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Novi’s Shashank Chitta and Kevin Xu.
The Blue Devils’ doubles teams continued its success as the No. 3 tandem of Brendan Clune and Nick Costakis beat the Pioneer squad of Bernie Kellman and Jake Arvidson 6-1, 6-2. They were eliminated in the next round, losing a tough 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 match to Novi’s Tim Lu and Daniel Yu.
The No. 4 doubles team of Brian L’Heureux and Tomas Garberding also won their first-round match, beating Grandville’s Matt Tran and Timmy Duong 6-3, 6-2. They lost 6-3, 6-1 to Novi’s David Mehl and Raymond Wen in the next round.
In singles, Nicholas Paolucci beat Livonia Churchill’s Jonathan Martin 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, but lost 6-4, 6-1 to Catholic Central’s Michael Dube in the next round.
Doug Kubek, at No. 2 singles, lost his first match 6-0-, 6-1 to Clarkston’s Matt Dahl in the opening round, and Patrick Willard beat Clarkston’s Ian Stuart in his first match before falling 6-2, 6-4 to Brother Rice’s John Ciraci in the quarterfinals.
At No. 4 singles, Isaac Piecuch lost 6-2, 6-0 to Grand Blanc’s Ben Walters.