Livonia Churchill’s boys tennis team put the pedal to the metal Monday afternoon against visiting Farmington.
The Chargers dropped just two games in the four singles matches on the way to an impressive victory over the Falcons.
Churchill, which improved to 6-2 overall (the Chargers finished KLAA South Division play with a 3-1 mark), was spearheaded by No. 1 singles player Sean Mulka, who out-stroked Navjit Girgla, 6-0, 6-1.
Churchill’s No. 2 and 3 singles players Matt Smith and Johnny Zhou both won 6-0, 6-0, before No. 4 Charger Peyton Elkins over-matched Merrick Bay, 6-1, 6-0.
The Chargers’ first two doubles teams were triumphant: The No. 1 pairing of Tim Ohtake and Gabe Garfinkel upended Ragav Subramanian and Shrihari Bhaskaramurthi, 6-4, 6-3, and the No. 2 duo of Mickey Ohtake and Griffin Riley swept Justin Walsh and Chirag Adapa, 6-3, 6-0.
The Falcons got on the board with wins at 3 and 4 doubles as Cameron Wold and Tarun Bhadri outlasted Cooper King and Joe Martin, and Ravi Tatineni and Rahul Yalamanchili earned a point against Logan King and Jake Jarvis, 6-4, 6-4.
Churchill’s No. 5 doubles team of Billy Rose and Matt Rodeman rose to the occasion with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Andrew Licata and Arthur Vardevanyan.
Garden City’s boys tennis team continued its season-long roll Saturday by capturing first-place honors at the News Herald Tournament, which was hosted by Taylor Kennedy.
GC out-pointed runner-up Ferndale and third-place Plymouth Christian Academy.
Senior No. 1 singles player Robbie Moyers enjoyed a productive day against the stiffest competition by winning two matches to earn a third-place medal. No. 2 singles player Tyler Kelly won silver while No. 3 and 4 singles players – Jassen Matuscak and Tony Van Dooren, respectively – both won their flights.
All four Cougars doubles teams won gold: Avery Emerson and Derek Van Dooren at No. 1, Tim Tapper and Justin Perrin at No. 2, Tony King and Tanner Davis at No. 3 and Kevin Widmer and Thomas Catton at No. 4.
In Western Wayne Athletic Conference dual-meet action on Monday, GC ran its record to 4-0 (and 8-0 overall) by sweeping Dearborn Edsel Ford, 8-0.
Moyers upended Justin Franz, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles while Kelly bumped Greg Wydendorf, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2. Matuscak was dominant at No. 3 while ousting Hunter Holt, 6-0, 6-3, and Tony Van Dooren mastered Malik Burl, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4.
The T-Birds couldn’t get off the ground in doubles play as well thanks to strong efforts by GC’s No. 1 duo of Derek Van Dooren and Emerson, who triumphed over Noah Anderson and Sam Alkebsi, 6-2, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Tapper and Perrin followed suit by trouncing Nico Morabito and Mohammed Daoun, 6-0, 6-0, while King and Davis were equally impressive with an 0-0 victory over Josh Boulienne and Nate Ferguson at three doubles.
Widmer and Jacob Grant were granted a default victory at No. 4 doubles.