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Yaklin, Putnam win title as Almont finishes 10th


June 04, 2008
ALMONT — Lindsey Yaklin and Chanahl Putnam joined forces to win the first doubles championship plus Claire Turvill was a third singles semifinalist, leading the Almont girls' tennis team to a 10th-place finish last Friday and Saturday at the Division 4 state finals.

East Lansing and Okemos is where the action unfolded.

Williamston topped the standings with 21 points. They were followed by Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian (18 points), Kalamazoo Christian and Kalamazoo Hackett (16 each), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (15), Jackson Lumen Christi and Portland (14 apiece), Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard and Niles Brandywine (13 each), Almont (12), Grandville Calvin Christian (11), Flint Powers and Lansing Catholic (nine apiece), Battle Creek Pennfield (eight), Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart (six), North Muskegon (five), Frankenmuth, Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Traverse City St. Francis (four each), Ann Arbor Greenhills (two), Buchanan, Grand Rapids West Catholic and Saginaw Nouvel (one apiece) along with Bridgman, Dowagiac, Essexville Garber and Midland Bullock Creek (zero each).

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Lindsey Yaklin, of Almont, connects on a shot at the Division 4 state tennis finals. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Yaklin and Putnam, the second seeds in their flight, received an opening round bye.

The Almont duo then netted a 6-3, 7-5 win against the Buchanan team of Mary Martin and Brianne Weldy.

The outcome landed them a quarterfinal assignment versus the Lansing Catholic combination of Brenna Lasky and Paige Japinga. That contest drew to a close with Yaklin and Putnam picking up a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

The Almont team then registered a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 semifinal triumph against Battle Creek Pennfield's Katie Goll and Lauren Barnard, the third seeds.

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That set the stage for the championship match where Williamston's Anya Nikolai and Sarah Vogel, the top seeds, provided their opposition.

When the encounter ended, Yaklin and Putnam had prevailed via a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 count.

Turvill, who was seeded sixth in her flight, drew a bye to the second round.

It was there she earned a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win against Buchanan's Joey Dreitzler.

She then generated a 6-3, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over Battle Creek Pennfield's Amy Willis.

That set up a semifinal clash versus Jackson Lumen Christi's Gretchen Berkemeier, the second seed, next.

Their battle ended with Berkemeier (the eventual state champion) advancing, thanks to 6-2, 6-4 scores.

Jaime Ligon reached the quarterfinal round of her fourth singles flight before seeing her tournament stint conclude.

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Almont’s Chanahl Putnam gets ready to serve a point at the state finals. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Following an opening round bye, Ligon rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win against Dowagiac's Macy Howard.

She then bowed out with a 0-6, 1-6 quarterfinal round setback to Grandville Calvin Christian's Holly Jansma, the second seed.

Kristen Brinker and Melissa Wilber (second doubles) along with Brooke Streber and Laurie Yaklin (third doubles) wound up with 1-1 tournament standings.

Brinker and Wilber started things off with a 6-0, 6-3 win against Jackson Lumen Christi's Anne Lusty and Maureen Cotter.

The Almont team then saw their tournament stint wind down with a 4-6, 2-6 loss to Williamston's Katherine Noren and Sandra Suryak, the fourth seeds. Their opponents would go on to place second in the flight.

Streber and Yaklin opened with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 win against the Kalamazoo Hackett team of Sarah Parejo and Alyssa Sanford.

The Almont combination then bowed out with a 4-6, 0-6 setback to the second-seeded Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian team of Amy Fouty and Ashley Osborn, the eventual second-place finishers in the flight.

Michelle Fox, the second seed at second singles, drew an opening round bye.

She then saw her tournament stint end with a 4-6, 1-6 setback to Grandville Calvin Christian's Katie VanDerLaan.

Holly Hanson and Sierra Grant, Almont's fourth doubles team, had a similar tournament run.

They started things off with a first round bye.

Hanson and Grant then bowed out with a 2-6, 2-6 loss to the Niles Brandywine team of Lauren Leonard and Brooke Ford.

Bobbi Enos added a 0-1 showing to Almont's cause. She exited play with a 0-6, 0-6 loss to Williamston's Tiffany Ash, the sixth seed.

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