April 24, 2014Grosse 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.