Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Blue Devils split matches

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

September 05, 2013

The Grosse Pointe South boys’ tennis team began its season with one of its toughest assignments, the Ann Arbor Tournament.

Two of the teams competing, host Huron and Midland Dow, won the Division 1 and Division 2 state titles in 2012, and other good squads competed.

Leading the way for the Blue Devils was No. 1 singles player Nicholas Paolucci, who won the flight championship. He was impressive in the tournament, beating several outstanding players.

“He worked hard in the offseason to be prepared for this tough competition and it paid off,” head coach John Willard said.

The Blue Devils’ other singles players were Isaac Piecuch, No. 2; Patrick Willard, No. 3; and Doug Kubek, No. 4.

At No. 1 doubles were Victor Flynn and Will Norris, while Stephen Van Walleghem and Michael Schaller played No. 2 doubles.

Playing No. 3 doubles were Brendan Clune and Nick Costakis, and Brian L’Heureux and Tomas Garberding played No. 4 doubles.

The Blue Devils were without Colden Gosselin, who is injured, and Geron Gosselin is also a member of the varsity squad.

In dual matches last week, South beat Grosse Ile 7-1 and lost 7-1 to Huron.

Against Grosse Ile, Paolucci, Willard and Kubek won their singles matches and all four doubles squads were victorious.

Flynn and Norris were at No. 1, while Van Walleghem and Schaller were at No. 2. Clune and Costakis played No. 3 doubles and L’Heureux and Garberding played at No. 4.

In the Huron match, Kubek won his No. 4 singles match to earn the Blue Devils’ only point.

Grosse Pointe South is 1-1 overall.