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North, South, ULS make finals

Blue Devils win 7-of-8 flights

South's Raven Neely crushed her competition at No. 1 singles to help the Blue Devils capture another Division 1 regional championship. photo by renee landuyt.

May 22, 2014
Grosse Pointe South girls' tennis team checked off its second goal last weekend, winning a Division 1 regional tournament and making the state finals yet again.

The host Blue Devils won the regional championship with a near-perfect 31 points. Troy also made the state finals with its second-place finish of 24 points.

Troy Athens missed making the finals by one point, finishing third with 17 points. It was followed by Fraser with 11, Sterling Heights with seven, Warren Cousino with six, Warren Mott with five, Detroit Cass Tech with three, and Eastpointe East Detroit and Detroit Martin Luther King with zero.

"The girls have worked to get to this point and now we're headed back to the state finals," head coach Mark Sobieralski said.

The Blue Devils won the state title in 2012 and finished third last spring.

In the championship matches, the Blue Devils finished 7-1, including Raven Neely beating Amanda Guo 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Madie Flournoy beat Troy's Abbey Rice 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and at No. 3 singles, Brooke Willard breezed past Troy's Tiffany Chen 6-0, 6-2.

Maddie Paolucci also had little trouble disposing of Athens' Layla Hak in the finals, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Samantha Perry and Maggie Sweeney beat Troy's Lillian Liang and Deepthi Devireddy 6-0, 6-1 in the title match at No. 1 doubles, and the duo of Sydney Keller and Morgane Flournoy won 6-4, 6-2 over Troy's Arushi Mahajan and Clare Keating in the finals of the No. 2 doubles flight.

Ginny Hayden and Kelly Beardslee beat Troy's Katie Forche and Erica Friesen 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 4 doubles final to round out the regional champions for South.

The squad of Angelica Kalogeridis and Jennifer Moy were serving for the match, but ended up losing 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in the finals of the No. 3 doubles flight.

Sobieralski had a match with West Bloomfield set up during the week to prep for the regionals, but rain postponed it. However, the head coach had an indoor site set up, but West Bloomfield still cancelled the match.

The Blue Devils' first goal of winning the Macomb Area Conference Red Division was accomplished after a huge win over archrival Port Huron Northern.

Coming up for Grosse Pointe South is the Division 1 state finals Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at the Midland Tennis Center.

Port Huron Northern is the defending state champ.

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