Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

North gets 2 wins

by Bob St. John

June 05, 2014

The Grosse Pointe North girls’ tennis team tied for 11th in last weekend’s Division 2 state finals at Holland.

Birmingham Seaholm won the state title with 31 points, winning the tiebreaker over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, which also had 31 points.

Bloomfield Hills Marian was third and East Grand Rapids fourth with 24 and 22 points, respectively. Grosse Pointe North had four points.

At No. 3 singles, Lauren Lesha earned two points, earning a bye and then beating Holly’s Jenna Pepper 6-2, 6-2 in the next round. Lesha’s tournament ended with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Okemos’ Catherine Wingrove.

The Norsemen’s other singles players lost their first match.

Patricia Bajis dropped a 6-1, 6-2 outcome to Battle Creek Lakeview’s Rachael Hager at No. 1 singles, and Stephania Loukanova lost 6-2, 6-0 to North Farmington’s Rachel Gringlas at No. 2 singles.

Christina Rafaill played well in her match, losing a tough first set 7-6 before dropping the second set 6-0 to East Lansing’s Rosy Chiu at No. 4 singles.

Head coach John VanAlst’s doubles teams followed the singles’ outcomes. The No. 2 doubles team of Dayle Maas and Sydnie Allor had a bye before winning a tough 6-4, 7-6 match over Holly’s Leah Moller and Chloe Reynolds. Their tournament run ended in the following match with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Seaholm’s Sam Lareau and Caity Beuchner.

At No. 1 doubles, Jayla Hubbard and Kayla Gallant lost 6-1, 6-3 to Seaholm’s Jackie Meier and Laine Boitos in their first match, and the No. 3 doubles squad of Katelyn Carroll and Deanna Hanley lost 6-0, 6-2 to Marian’s Mallory Hudson and Caroline Cibulis in their first match.

The Norsemen’s No. 4 doubles team of Valentina Izzi and Anu Subramaniam played well and won the first set 6-4, but couldn’t sustain the momentum before losing 6-2, 6-2 the next two sets to Portage Central’s Yasmeen Saad and Marielle Lentz.