The weather was near perfect, as were the results for the Petoskey High School girls’ varsity tennis team.
The Northmen rolled to win Saturday’s Petoskey Quad tournament at the Petoskey High School tennis courts, winning seven of eight flights to take the title.
“We finally had a beautiful day to play tennis and the kids sure played well in the warm weather,” Petoskey coach Dree Lo said.
“Everyone was on their game. It’s great to see everything coming together on the court.”
Petoskey swept the singles flights as Isabel Ceniza at No. 1 defeated Alpena’s Erin Wilson, 6-2, 6-0; def. Alyssa Long of Essexville Garber, 6-1, 6-1, and def,. Leah Collie of Harbor Springs, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals.
“Isabel came out determined and strong and fought through some shoulder discomfort to post three decisive wins,” Lo said.
At No. 2, Gabby Jensen def. Essexville Garber’s Kathryn Hedenquist, 6-0, 6-0; def. Alpena’s Katie Cook, 6-0, 6-2; and def. Harbor Springs’ Emily Leskey, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-0, in the finals.
“Gabby rolled through her first two matches, then ran into Emily Lesky from Harbor,” Lo said. “She’s a crafty and steady lefty who gives her opponents trouble. Give Gabby credit though, she came out in the third set determined and on fire.”
At No. 3, Sydney Chambers def. Harbor’s Abbey Knoodle, 6-2, 6-1; def Garber’s Allie Chamberlain, 6-0, 6-0; and def. Alpena’s Carlee Giordaon, 6-0, 6-0.
“Sydney had another outstanding day and continues to play consistent tennis,” Lo said.
Ellie Chambers at No. 4 singles def. Alpena’s Sydney Heise, 6-0, 6-0; def. Garber’s Courtney Bodrie, 6-0, 6-0; and def. Harbor Springs’ Alexa Jensen-Philbrick, 6-0, 6-0.
“This was the first time in my 10 years with Petoskey tennis that I have seen anyone from our teams, boys or girls, win three tournament matches at love,” Lo said. “It’s really an outstanding accomplishment to not drop a single game all day. Kudos for Ellie for a job well done.”
At No. 1 doubles, Petoskey’s Karla Kane and Kelsey Nuorala def. Alpena, 6-0, 6-1; def. Garber, 6-0, 6-1, and then topped Harbor Springs’ Perry Bower and Rae Claramunt, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the finals.
“They came up against a much-improved Harbor Springs team in Bower and Claramunt,” Lo said of Kane and Nuorala. “We saw some competitive points and the entire match was tight. A few key points in the third set turned it around in our favor.”
At No. 2 doubles, Rachel Wittenberg and Andrea Dryden fell to Harbor Springs’ Eva Zoerhof and Mikayla Dickinson, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, def. Alpena, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; and def. Garber, 6-2, 6-1.
“Rachel and Andrea had their work cut out for them today and played well,” Lo said. “The girls had to dig deep agaisnt Alpena to turn that match around and they did.”
Delaney Smith and Megan Heinstschel at No. 3 doubles def. Garber, 6-0, 6-0; def. Alpena, 6-1, 6-0; and def. Harbor Springs Claire Cunningham and Allison Green, 6-2, 6-4.
“This was a new pairing for us and I like Delaney and Megan together,” Lo said. “They are starting to gel and see what each other can do.”