Mother Nature served up a perfect day (sunny and 70 degrees) for Saturday’s Livonia City Girls Tennis Tournament, and host Stevenson returned the favor with a near-perfect performance.
Playing in a four-team, round-robin format, the Spartans earned 25 of a possible 27 points to ace the tournament by 15 points over runner-up Walled Lake Western, which was invited to even the field of teams at four.
Churchill and Franklin both netted eight points.
A point was awarded to a team for winning a match – which the Spartans did early and often.
The only non-Stevenson player to go undefeated in her flight was Charger freshman Kaitlyn Rogosch, who lost just four of the 40 games she played.
Stevenson’s Jill Weiand captured the No. 2 singles title, however, it was anything but a breeze as Churchill’s Haley Rangdone took her to three sets before Weiand won the marathon, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Senior Danielle Marzec looked strong while sweeping her No. 3 singles matches, defeating Franklin’s Carla Yanaez and Churchill’s Madison White by identical 6-2, 6-2 counts.
Stevenson’s No. 1 doubles duo of Arryn Dochenetz and Sam DiGiovanni didn’t lose a set on the way to its crown. The match of the day in that flight pitted Churchill’s Maggie Trinka and Lexi Fata against Franklin’s Kelly Swanson and Ashley Mahoney. The Chargers’ pair earned the point with a 12-10 triumph in set three.
The Spartans’ twosome of Maddie Chimento and Natalie Way at No. 2 doubles followed the lead of Dochenetz and DiGiovanni by racking up an unblemished ledger, while the winners’ No. 3 doubles combination of Lauren Larsen and Sarah Morse had few problems while going 3-0.
Senior experience proved to be a major asset for Stevenson’s undefeated four doubles team of Caitlyn McCamant and Clairessa Smith, who controlled all three of their matches handily.
The No. 5 doubles title went to Spartans Noel Hillert and Alyssa Ayash, whose toughest obstacle proved to be a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Franklin’s Veronica McAuliffe and Emma Fogle.
Rogosch’s spectacular day at No. 1 singles included victories over Franklin’s Kendall Payne (6-0, 6-1), Stevenson’s Samantha Cyrus (6-3, 6-0) and Western’s Amanda Svenson (6-3, 6-1).