October 14, 2009 ALMONT — The Almont boys' tennis team is headed to the Division 4 state finals again, thanks to a third-place finish last Friday at a regional it hosted.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett edged Armada, 25 points to 22 for team honors that day. Almont pulled up third, thanks to an output of 21 points.
The top-two teams plus any other squad who scores at least 18 points advances to this Friday and Saturday's state finals slated for Kalamazoo College.
Six other schools vied for regional honors. Their ranks consisted of West Bloomfield Jewish Academy (12 points), Atherton (four), Flint Southwestern Academy (three), Imlay City and Royal Oak Shrine (two each) along with Clawson (one).
Matt Bulger netted the lone Almont title that day. Bulger ended his unbeaten run at first singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Armada's Tyler Kinch.
Alex Schubert, Domenic Curtis and Mitch Potapa gave Almont individual flight seconds. Schubert reached the second singles championship where he dropped a 1-6, 0-6 verdict to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Alejandro Blake; Curtis advanced to the title encounter at third singles where he fell by a 0-6, 2-6 count to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Austin Petitpren; and Potapa gained admittance to the fourth singles championship where he dropped a 2-6, 2-6 verdict to Armada's Ryan Carlson.
The Almont third doubles team of Brian Houghton and Jake Matthews claimed a second as well. They reached their title tilt, falling by a 1-6, 0-6 count to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Robert Stanley and Garrett Mallires.
Brad Lowell and Shane Rickman (first doubles), Terry Papineau and Jason McKelvey (second doubles) plus Mike Kendziora and Ian Saba (fourth doubles) also competed for Almont that day. Those combinations all advanced to the semifinals of their respective flights before bowing out.
The second doubles team of Joe Rettell and Kyle Strohm and the third doubles combination of Tyler Nichols and William Guldi paced Imlay City that day. They won one match apiece.