Northville solidified its No. 1 ranking in Division 1 girls tennis Saturday by capturing Saturday’s Ann Arbor Pioneer Quad with a team-high 21 points.
The Mustangs captured seven of eight flights followed by No. 2-ranked and defending MHSAA Division 1 champion Grosse Pointe South (13), No. 5-ranked Pioneer (11) and Grand Blanc (3).
Despite unfavorable cold and windy conditions for tennis, Northville finished ahead of Grosse Pointe South for the second straight week, but this time sweeping all eight of their matches against the Blue Devils in straight sets.
“Don’t think that this was an easy quad to win,” Northville coach Linda Jones said. “South’s Coach Mark Sobieralski met me before the girls even took the courts to tell me that he was disappointed in how his girls played last week and that they practiced all week with new strategy to beat us today. He even re-arranged his lineup looking for ways to find a crack in our armor.”
Going 3-0 on the day in singles for the Mustangs were Shanoli Kumar (No. 2), Joanne Gao (No. 3) and Neha Chava (No. 4).
Kumar captured all three of her matches in straight sets, while Gao needed three to beat Emily Roopas of Pioneer, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Chava also needed three to stop Sanika Kulkarni of Pioneer, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
At No. 1 singles, South’s Raven Neely took the title with a 3-0 record, while Northville’s Emma Worley finished 1-2 on the day.
In doubles, Northville swept all four flights in straight sets led by Reeshma Kumar and Anika Mukherji (No. 1); Claudia Ma and Paige Baal (No. 2); Jordan Hermiz and Amelai Albanelli (No. 3); Molly Bis and Serena Wang (No. 4).
Bis and Wang needed a first-set tiebreaker to beat South’s Angelica Kalogeridis and Catie Vandenbrink, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
Novi shares title
In Saturday’s Brighton Quad, Novi won four of nine flights to earn a share of the title with Ann Arbor Skyline (19 points each).
Birmingham Groves and the host Bulldogs finished third and fourth, respectively, with 11 and four points.
In singles, sophomore Jessica Lypka (No. 3) went 3-0, while freshman Katie Xie (No. 4) finished 2-1 on the day. Both Erin Day (No. 1) and Allison Lollo (No. 2) each went 1-2.
Doubles champs for the Wildcats included sophomore Teja Mogasala and junior Carolyn Zhang (No. 2); senior Shakila Khan and junior Katie Telder (No. 4); sophomores Sasha Tretyakova and Ria Joshi (No. 5).
Mogasala and Zhang needed a super-breaker to beat Groves, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 (10-6), while Khan and Telder also went to a super-breaker against Groves, 2-6, 6-2 (10-6).
Novi’s Sam Martin and Katie Valade (No. 3) finished 2-1, while Youna Lee and Morgan Krupic (No. 1) went 1-2.