CAAC Red girls tennis: Haslett dominates, sweeps all eight flights

CAAC Red girls tennis: Haslett dominates, sweeps all eight flights

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CAAC Red girls tennis: Haslett dominates, sweeps all eight flights

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Haslett defeated second place St. Johns 8-0 in the two team’s match earlier in the season.

At the CAAC Red tournament on Thursday, the Vikings showed once again how far ahead they are from the rest of their division in the final season of its current state.

Haslett won all eight flights to finish with 48 points. DeWitt edged St. Johns for second in the league tournament, so the two teams tied for second place in the final league standings.

“When we started today, we knew we had a chance to compete in all eight flights,” Haslett coach Henry Brunnschweiler said. “We’ve never had the opportunity to place each final for a championship. I knew if we got there, we would have an opportunity (to win them). So I have to credit the girls. They all responded really well. They kind of motivated each other with the idea of trying to win each flight and just back their teammates up.”

The singles flights were won by the Haslett girls in dominating fashion. Senior Shea Donahue beat Anastasia Matta of DeWitt 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and juniors Allison Grandfield and Brooke Hartsuff each won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and 4 singles.

Sophomore Hannah Vogelsong defeated DeWitt’s Sarah Berry 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Each of Haslett’s doubles teams also won in straight sets, led by the No. 1 doubles team of senior Anna Grettenberger and junior Frances Fernandez, who won the last match on the court against Hannah Swanson and Julie Davis of St. Johns 6-1, 7-5.

“As the day progresses and more flights finish, you kind of see the end in sight and so I think the last few matches out there our girls really responded to the support and the pressure of trying to close one out for the team,” Brunnschweiler said.

Haslett will host a Division 3 regional on Thursday one year after winning a regional championship and ultimately finishing eighth in the state.

“We’re going to have a challenge next week. Williamston is a very strong team. They moved up from Division 4 to Division 3,” Brunnschweiler said.

DeWitt had five finalists — three in singles and two duos in doubles.

“We really started out the season not knowing what we were going to be this year,” DeWitt coach Sue Bailey said. “I had a lot of inexperience up here and some new kids, but my goal’s always to keep improving. I want to win matches, but I want to keep improving — and they did. We finished third in the dual meet season but because of our results today we managed to tie with St. Johns, so I’m pleased with that.

“I tell them that when you go up against (Haslett), it’s going to be tough. It’s not as much thinking about winning or losing, you just have to go out there and do what you have to do to keep playing good shots back.”

DeWitt will play in a Division 2 regional at East Lansing next Friday.

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