CAAC girls tennis tournaments: Haslett, Mason, Portland and Okemos teams among favorites

CAAC girls tennis tournaments: Haslett, Mason, Portland and Okemos teams among favorites

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CAAC girls tennis tournaments: Haslett, Mason, Portland and Okemos teams among favorites

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Division 3 No.-8 ranked Haslett is a heavy favorite to repeat as league champion when the CAAC Red tournament takes place today.

Singles will be played at St. Johns and doubles and all championships matches are scheduled to take place at DeWitt beginning at 9 a.m.

“We’ve played some high quality competition this year to get us ready for the end-of-season tournaments,” Vikings coach Henry Brunnschweiler said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to see if we can continue to move forward with our goals.”

Defending champion Mason enters today’s CAAC Gold Tournament at Waverly tied with Jackson Lumen Christi at 5-0-1 in dual matches.

“It’s pretty much our singles against their doubles,” Bulldogs coach Jim D’Angelo said. “That’s our strength, so probably whoever performs on the side where they’re weaker will win although some other teams have some strong flights, like Eaton Rapids and Parma Western at No. 1 doubles.

“We graduated eight seniors, so I’m anticipating a closer league tournament than last year.”

The CAAC White is expected to be close since Division 4 No. 6-ranked Portland (3-0-1) tied No. 7-ranked Lansing Catholic (2-1-1) in a dual but beat Williamston (3-1), which needed a third-set victory to avoid a tie and edge Lansing Catholic 5-3 on Tuesday.

Hornets coach Steve Stanley thinks Portland should be the favorite.

“We need some help from Lansing Catholic to get an upset, because Jim (Portland coach Jim Niebling) thinks he has one of the best teams he’s had, and I have to agree with that,” he said. “But we’re in a fight, the three of us.”

“Like most years, the whole thing can be flipped upside down depending on who plays well and who doesn’t,” Niebling said. “It’s probably a big reason why all three teams are ranked so highly in the state. We push each other year in and year out and make one another better.”

Division 2 No. 4-ranked Okemos is favored to earn its third straight CAAC Blue title at Lansing Eastern’s courts. Some doubles matches will be played starting at 9 a.m. at Lansing Catholic before the CAAC White tournament gets under way at 1 p.m.

But East Lansing, which was the last team to top the Chiefs in the Blue in 2011, tied Okemos 4-4 in a Tuesday dual meet by sweeping doubles. It was the same way the Trojans (4-0-3) tied Grand Ledge (4-1-1) and Holt (3-2-1) earlier this spring.

“We have a team capable of getting good doubles wins on Thursday,” East Lansing coach Cosette Buckberry said. “We’re going to try our best (to win the league tournament), and I think we have a good chance with our doubles.”

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