Most of Portland’s 2013 Spring Sports Carnival was washed out by the incessant rain, but the Raider girls tennis team was able to salvage something from the deluge, taking three of the teams indoors to Michigan State University’s tennis facility, and coming away with a tournament win on April 13.
Portland amassed 18 points to beat out Jackson Lumen Christi, Armada and Ludington in the rearranged tournament, that started at 4 p.m. and finished close to midnight.
Raider head coach Jim Niebling said that everybody involved was determined to play, if at all possible.
“With all of the rain we’ve had this spring already, all of the coaches agreed that good, bad or otherwise, we all needed to play matches,” Niebling said. “There is only so much you can accomplish in a gym.”
Portland won three flights and finished second in four more to take the title. Katie Blake won the second singles flight, Annalise Pline and Sydni Greenhoe took third doubles and Violet Thole and Payton Lowery won the fourth doubles flight for the Raiders.
Niebling said that the last match of the night was the best, when Portland’s top singles player, Emily Quinn, won in dramatic fashion. Quinn won the set 8-7 in a tiebreaker.
“She was down 5-1 against a pretty solid player from Armada when she re-focused herself and gained some much-needed confidence,” Niebling said. “Emily must have saved a half-dozen match points and a whole slew of game points that might have tipped the match away.”