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October 16, 2013

North, South tennis qualify for state finals

Successful regional meets extend season for Norsemen and Blue Devils

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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North, South tennis qualify for state finals
Grosse Pointe South junior Nicholas Paolucci hits a forehand shot during the regional tournament last Thursday. Paolucci advanced to the finals in the No. 1 singles flight.

GROSSE POINTE — MHSAA Tennis regionals were held last Thursday and Friday throughout Michigan, and Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South and University all qualified for their respective state finals. North and South each took home second-place finishes, while the Knights won their regional.

South
At the Division 1 regional held at Elworthy Park on Thursday, South finished with 24 points, four behind Troy High, but its second-place finish qualifies it for the state finals.

The MHSAA Division 1 state final will be held at Midland Tennis Center starting on Oct. 18.

South’s Victor Flynn and Will Norris won the No.1 doubles flight with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final against Troy. Patrick Willard won at No. 3 singles 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.

North
The Norsemen advanced to the finals in every flight in their Division 2 regional on Friday, but they met a tough challenge in U-D Jesuit in every final. Connor Olzem and Nick Cusmano were the lone champions for North, as they took the No. 1 doubles final 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

U-D Jesuit took the team title with 23 points, and North qualified for the state finals with a second-place finish with 17 points.

The Division 2 state finals will be held at Hope College starting on Oct. 18.

Liggett
University Liggett turned in a dominant performance at its Division 4 regional meet to advance to the state finals.

Liggett won seven out of eight flights to claim a regional title. Antoni Dulac, Steven Kneiser and Jeffery Shell won at No. 1, 3, and 4 singles, respectively. 

James Jurcak and Neil Sekhon (No. 1 doubles), Alan Jurcak and August Bonacci (No. 2 doubles), Jack Ninivaggi and Alex Dow (No. 3 doubles), and Jackson Benning and Davey Sekhon (No. 4 doubles) swept the doubles flights for Liggett.

The Division 4 state finals will be held at Grand Blanc High School and Holly High School beginning on Oct. 18.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.