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Almont nets sixth at states


Raiders reach quarterfinals in six of eight flights



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June 03, 2009
ALMONT — The Almont girls' tennis team reached the quarterfinals of six flights, paving the way to a sixth-place finish last Friday and Saturday at the Division 4 state finals hosted by Jenison High School.

Ann Arbor Greenhills edged Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian, 27 points to 26 for team honors. They were followed by Kalamazoo Christian (25 points), Kalamazoo Hackett and Williamston (24 each), Almont (13), Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (10 apiece), Riverview Gabriel Richard (nine), Saginaw Nouvel (six), Niles Brandywine and Traverse City Christian (four each), Dowagiac, Essexville Garber, Frankenmuth and Whitehall (three apiece), Battle Creek Pennfield, Harbor Springs, Jackson Lumen Christi, Leslie and Midland Bullock Creek (two each), Buchanan, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Lansing Catholic and Traverse City St. Francis (one apiece) along with Boyne City and Flint Powers Catholic (zero each).

Bobbi Enos (first singles) and Michelle Fox (second singles) headlined Almont's individual flight entries, netting a quarterfinal round appearance each.

Enos opened her tournament run with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Boyne City's Sydney Gahn.

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Michelle Fox, of Almont, hits a shot back across the net during the Div. 4 state finals last Friday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Not content with just one positive verdict, Enos went to 2-0 aided by a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Buchanan's Courtney Miller.

Enos then bowed out with a 0-6, 0-6 quarterfinal round setback to Ann Arbor Greenhills' Kasey Gardiner, the top seed. Gardiner would go on from there to claim flight honors.

Fox started things off with a bye.

She then saw to it that her tournament run would continue, registering a 6-1, 6-3 triumph against Saginaw Nouvel's Halley Shawbiz.

That result netted her a quarterfinal round assignment versus Kalamazoo Hackett's Kathleen Hawkins, the number one seed. Their match drew to a close with Hawkins, the eventual state champion, claiming a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Christiana Simian and Jaime Ligon (first doubles), Kristen Brinker and Melissa Wilber (second doubles), Laurie Yaklin and Brooke Streber (third doubles) plus Jill Zygmontowicz and Kelsea Offner (fourth doubles) gave Almont quarterfinal round appearances as well.

Simian and Ligon began their run with a bye. That was followed by 6-2, 6-2 triumph against the Whitehall team of Kaylee Lohman and Kim Smith.

The Almont combination then bowed out with a 2-6, 0-6 quarterfinal loss to Kalamazoo Christian's Ashley Boender and Allison Webster, the second seeds. Boender and Webster would go on from their to take flight honors.

Brinker and Wilber opened with a bye. That was followed by a 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2 win against Traverse City Christian's Abby Vooreheis and Callie Kostrazewa.

The Almont combination then exited play with a 3-6, 4-6 quarterfinal setback to Saginaw Nouvel's top-seeded team of Taylor Boyd and Kali Martin.

Yaklin and Streber started things off with a bye. That was followed by a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Niles Brandywine's Kelsie Prestly and Katie Irons.

The Almont combination then bowed out with a 4-6, 1-6 quartefinal loss to Kalamazoo Christian's Michelle Scheffers and Brianna Bunker, the top seeds.

Zygmontowicz and Offner began their run with a bye. That was followed by a 6-4, 6-4 triumph against the Traverse City St. Francis team of Kali Merrifield and Bailey Ray.

The Almont combination then exited play with a 0-6, 3-6 quarterfinal setback to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard's Molly Geppner and Alyssa Stella, the second seeds.

Courtney Braun (fourth singles) had the next best Almont showing at the state finals.

She opened her tournament stint with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win against Williamston's Erica Krantz.

Braun then bowed out with a 1-6, 0-6 second round loss to Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian's Madeline McIlhargey, the second seed. McIlhargey would go on from there to claim flight honors.

Claire Turvill (third singles) also represented Almont at the state finals.

It was there she ran into a tough opening round assignment, dropping a 1-6, 1-6 verdict to Kalamazoo Christian's Megan Visser.

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