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Liggett's Sara Anthony had a nice season for the Knights, playing singles all year. photo by Renee Landuyt.

June 05, 2014
University Liggett girls' tennis team finished 14th with five points in last weekend's Division 4 state finals at Grand Blanc and Holly high schools.

Grosse Ile won the state championship with 26 points, followed by Kalamazoo Christian with 21 and Traverse City St. Francis with 20.

Sabrina Ajjour, at No. 1 singles, won her first match 7-5, 7-6 over Niles Brandywine's Abby Cole, but lost 6-1, 6-0 in her next match to Kalamazoo Christian's Lizzie Baus.

At No. 2 singles, Sara Anthony lost 6-1, 6-1 in the first round to Marissa Jaggi of Berrien Springs, and Jane Ninivaggi fell 6-2, 7-6 in her first match to Grandville Calvin Christian's Elizabeth Scholten.

Hannah Homsy earned a point for the Knights, beating Brandywine's Emily Erwin 6-1, 6-4 in her first match before falling 7-6, 6-3 to Grosse Ile's Kennedy Quinn, the No. 1 seed at No. 4 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, Mara Hillyer and Caroline Eckrich lost 7-5, 6-1 to Berrien Springs' Breanne Rudlaff and Brenna Wineland in their first match, and Ellene Bricolas and Rita Sidhu dropped a 6-1, 6-2 match to Grosse Ile's Karolina Kvasnitova and Elli Formentin in their first match at No. 2 doubles.

Rayna Patel and Gabby Cavataio lost a tough three-set match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to Kalamazoo Christian's Ellie DeKoekkoek and Aleshis Wolthuis in their opening match at No. 3 doubles.

The Knights' No. 4 doubles team of Renata Szymanski and Grace Drettman also won a match, beating Grandville Calvin Christian's Lili Estrella and Elsa Bouwkamp 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, but dropped out with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central's Katie Goda and Hailey Carl in the next round.

The Knights should be improved next season with this experience in their back pocket.

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