EAST LANSING – Holt could have tied Okemos for the CAAC Blue tournament title if it had won three of the last four matches being played on Thursday, and the Chiefs had lost to Jackson for third place at first flight doubles in the fourth.
But all four matches went the other way, and Okemos claimed its fourth straight league title with 42 points to edge East Lansing’s 38 and Holt’s 36.
“It stings a little bit, because we were so close to maybe winning the whole thing,” Holt coach Russ Olcheske said. “But I lost eight guys from last year’s team. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year. So to compete at the level we did today, I was very proud of the guys.”
Nick Brown had won at No. 3 singles, and Tyler Brown at No. 4 singles to put the Rams in position to tie.
But Jordan Jacobsen of Okemos topped Joe Gilman of Holt, 6-4, 6-4, to win at No. 1 singles to join the Chiefs’ other flight champions: Dinakar Talluri at No. 2 singles, Alex Go and Deniz Kalfa at No. 3 doubles and Jae Young Jang and Karthik Kolisetty at No. 4 doubles.
“It was much closer than I expected but glad for some good competition,” Chiefs coach Chris Silker said. “We had to follow through on everything, and get every point we had to.”
League titles are not new or rare in Silker’s seven years of coaching at Okemos.
“It means a lot more, because our competition has risen,” he said.
East Lansing edged Holt for second place in the tournament (and tied the Rams for second place in the final overall standings) by winning at No. 1 doubles with Peyton Brogan and Caleb Hoekstra and at No. 2 doubles with Nick Reynolds and Jesse Wade. Brogan and Hoekstra won even though they were seeded fourth
“In the end, we didn’t know who was going to finish at No. 1,” Trojans coach Karim Jelassi said. “When 1 doubles beat Okemos (in a semifinal), they got more confidence. The 2 doubles lost focus when they were up 4-0 in the second set, and Holt came back strong. But East Lansing won the third set, and we needed those two matches to beat Holt.”
CAAC RED: DeWitt tied Haslett with 43 points each in the tournament held at DeWitt and St. Johns.
But the Panthers came up one point short of taking the tournament title alone and tying the Vikings for the overall league title because Haslett won 5-3 in their dual match earlier this month.
“If one of our losses against Haslett would have switched around, it would have put us in a tie for the overall title,” Panthers coach Steve Surtman. “And Haslett and DeWitt met in six of the eight finals.”
Matt Stewart, Johnny Choi, Will Holton and Nathan Choi swept singles titles and Alex Stanulis and Nick Radecki won at third flight doubles for Haslett — all against DeWitt opponents.
Panthers captured wins at the other three doubles flights: Drew Zamaira and Michael Hostetler at No. 1, Nathan Cordes and Ryan Radawiec at No. 2, and Beau Sigmon and Ian Cummings at No. 4.
CAAC BLUE (at East Lansing)
Team scores–Okemos 42, East Lansing 38, Holt 36, Jackson 26, Grand Ledge 17, Lansing Eastern 9
Singles finals–Jordan Jacobsen (Ok) d. Joe Gilman (H) 6-4, 6-4; Dinakar Talluri (Ok) d. Leith Chatti (EL) 6-0, 6-0; Nick Brown (H) d. Parth Redey (Ok) 1-6, 6-0, 6-4; Tyler Brown (H) d. Kartikeya Kandula (Ok) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
Doubles finals–Peyton Brogan/Caleb Hoekstra (EL) d. Derek Harmer/Zach Jarrad (H) 6-2, 6-3; Nick Reynolds/Jesse Wade (EL) d. Zach Croze/Joe Corner (H) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Alex Go/Deniz Kalfa (Ok) d. Casey Ring/William Lau (EL) 6-4, 6-2; Jae Young Jang/Karthik Kolisetty (Ok) d. Forrest Gillespie/Isaac Brown (EL) 6-3, 6-4
Singles consolations–Michael Benedetto (J) d. Grant Williams (EL) 6-4, 6-0; Adam Johnson (GL) d. Thomas Corner (H) inj. default; Nathaniel Dalton (EL) d. Joel Chirackal (J) 7-6 (5), 6-4; 4S Brayden Hanks (EL) d. James Baldwin (J) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles consolations–Nikhil Pasula/Trey VanWieren (Ok) d. Fletcher Fairly/Matthew Stamler (J) ; Parker Petroff/Clay Bullock (Ok) d. George Campau/Hayden Macfarlane (J) 6-3, 7-6; Michael Baldwin/Cole McEldowney (J) d. Grant Higdon/Corey Gilsdorf (H) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5); 4D Sean Evers/Chris Shaughnessy (J) d. Willie Huyhn/Zach Baker (H) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Final standings–1. Okemos (5-0), 2. East Lansing (3-2), 2. Holt (4-1), 4. Jackson (2-3), 5. Grand Ledge (1-4), 6. Lansing Eastern (0-5)
CAAC RED (at DeWitt, St. Johns)
Team scores–DeWitt 43, Haslett 43, St. Johns 30, Owosso 19, Mason 19, Waverly 14
Singles finals–Matt Stewart (H) d. Caimen Barber (D) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4; Johnny Choi (H) d. Trevor Sims (D) 6-3, 6-0; Will Holton (H) d. Cody Stockenauer (D) 6-2, 6-1; Nathan Choi (H) d. Nicholas Kleitch (D) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles finals–Drew Zamaira/Michael Hostetler (D) d. Lee Rademacher/David Suidgeest (SJ) 6-0, 6-2; Nathan Cordes/Ryan Radawiec (D) d. Ryan Puff/Austin Pohl (SJ) 6-0, 6-2; Alex Stanulis/Nick Radecki (H) d. Matthew Hadar/Edward Hieftje (D) 6-1, 6-1; Beau Sigmon/Ian Cummings (D) d. Johnston/Sam Zayko (H) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Singles consolations–Jamison Cleaver (SJ) d. Charlie Schaberg (M) 6-2, 6-3; Alex Murray (SJ) d. Austin Sager (M) 6-4, 6-0; Spencer Cook (M) d. Brody Terry (Ow) 6-2, 6-2; Brennan Arstrong (O) d. Joey Deliso (SJ) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles consolations–Toby Bepler/Jack Vonachen (H) d. Ryan Taylor/Logan Thomas (M) 6-3, 6-1; Mark Cosio/Jack Michaud (H) d. Collin Germain/Justin Gorman (W) 6-2, 6-3; Haydn Johnson/Warren Beuche (O) d. Caleb Paksi/Andy Briggs (SJ) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (9); Tony Fedewa/Angelo Castronova (SJ) d. Patrick Geoghegan/Randy Dorff (Ow) 6-4, 7-6 (0)
Final standings–1. Haslett (5-0), 2. DeWitt (4-1), 3. St. Johns (3-2), 4. Mason (1-3-1), 5. Owosso (0-4-1), 6. Waverly (0-3-2)