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Beline Obeid

Blue Devils cruise past city rivals


April 24, 2014
Grosse Pointe South's girls' tennis team faced city foes University Liggett and Grosse Pointe North last week in cold, windy weather conditions.

Winter was back for a few days, but it didn't bother the Blue Devils, who beat Liggett 8-0 and two days later did the same to North.

South's Raven Neely beat Liggett's Sabrina Ajjour 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and at No. 2 singles, Madie Flournoy defeated Sara Anthony 6-0, 6-1.

Brooke Willard and Maddie Paolucci were able to blank Jane Ninivaggi and Hanna Sword, 6-0, 6-0, in their matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.

At No. 1 doubles, the Blue Devils' Maggie Sweeney and Catie Vandenbrink beat Caroline Eckrich and Mara Hillyer 6-0, 6-1, and at No. 2 doubles Sydney Keller and Morgane Flournoy defeated Ellene Bricolas and Tamara Ajjour 6-0, 6-1.

South's Angelica Kalogeridis and Jennifer Moy beat Rayna Patel and Gabby Cavataio 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles and the final doubles match went to Giny Hayden and Kelly Beardslee, who beat Renata Szymanski and Grace Drettmann 6-0, 6-0.

In South's matches against North, Neely beat Patricia Bajis 6-0, 6-1, and Madie Flournoy defeated Stefania Loukanova 6-1, 6-2.

Catie Vandenbrink beat Lauren Lesha 6-2, 6-2, and in the final singles match, Paolucci blanked Christina Rafaill 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Samantha Perry and Sweeney defeated Kayla Gallant and Courtney Berns 6-2, 6-0, and at No. 2 doubles, Keller and Morgane Flournoy beat Dayle Maas and Sydnie Allor 6-3, 7-6.

This was the best match of the afternoon.

Kalogeridis and Moy for South beat Katelyn Carroll and Deanna Hanley 6-1, 6-1, and at No. 4 doubles, Hayden and Beardslee beat Valentina Izzi and Anu Subramanian 6-0, 6-0.

Grosse Pointe South improved to 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 3-0 overall.

Grosse Pointe North dropped to 0-1 in the division and 2-2 overall.

In recent action for Liggett, the Knights finished third in the St. Mary's Catholic Central Invitational.

St. Mary CC won, followed by Jackson Lumen Christi, Liggett and Temperance Bedford.

"It was a gusty, but beautiful day," Liggett head coach Cathy Hackenberger said. "Our No. 4 singles player, Hannah Homsy, was the star of the day, winning all three of her matches and taking home the championship medal in her flight."

At No. 1 singles, Sabrina Ajjour finished 1-2, while Anthony was 0-3 at No. 2 singles.

Ritz Sidhu was 1-2 at No. 3 singles and Homsy followed with a 3-0 mark to win the No. 4 singles flight.

At No. 1 doubles, Hillyer and Eckrich finished 1-2 and the Knights did not field a No. 2 doubles team at the invitational.

Patel and Cavataio had a good invitational, finishing 2-1, at No. 3 doubles, and the No. 4 doubles squad of Annie Grech and Drettmann finished first and second.

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