ST. CLAIR The event wasn’t even over and the St. Clair tennis team was already in celebration mode.
The Saints swept through the competition Friday at their Division 3 regional at St. Clair High School. The Saints won the first seven flights with the second singles flight delayed due to darkness.
Before the match concluded, the Saints already knew they would be the regional champion with at least 23 points. The only thing left to be seen was who would finish second, Yale or Armada. Each team had 10 points pending the finals No. 2 singles flight.
The Tigers and Bulldogs also qualified for next week’s state finals by finishing with more than 10 points. The teams will travel to Holland for the state finals on Oct. 16.
“I thought we played very well. I thought our guys did not overlook our opponents. I thought they did keep their focus even with the weather and the delays. I was really impressed how they handled that.
“I like how they pushed each other and spoke to each other through matches. It is easy to lose your mental toughness and they were able to keep that. Now it gets tougher. This is tougher and the next step is tougher. It has been our goal from the beginning to finish better at states than we were last year when we (finished) last. Our goal is top 10.”
Seth Pinnoo was the winner of No. 1 singles for St. Clair, defeating Brett Reuter of Armada, 6-1, 6-2. John Mason of St. Clair was the winner of No. 3 singles, defeating Hunter Robbins of Marysville, 6-1, 6-0.
Garrett Vigeron of St. Clair was the winner of No. 4 singles after defeating Keaton DeBruycker of Yale, 6-0, 6-0.
“We all played really great today,” Pinnoo said. “We all played up to our full potential.”
In No. 1 doubles, the St. Clair team of Ryan Maben and Shaun McCormick defeated Colton Maynard and Andrew Seeley of Marysville, 6-4, 6-3. In No. 2 doubles, the St. Clair team of Loren Isaac and Matt Tetreau defeated Sam Bombassei and Mason Smith of Armada, 6-1, 6-2.
In No. 3 doubles, Griffin Vigeron and Ben Morgulec of St. Clair defeated Whitney Hughes and Clay Scott of Yale, 6-1, 6-0 and in No. 4 doubles, the St. Clair team of Santino Lawrence and Joe Marcath defeated Connor Eagen and Jacob Storey of Marysville, 6-0, 6-0.
“I think we have been peaking at the right time, it’s all coming together,” Shaun McCormick said. “This is the best part of the season.
“The key was staying focused,” Ryan Maben added. “The competition was there. We just had to go out and beat them.”
Port Huron Northern, meanwhile, won its Division 1 regional at Utica Eisenhower with 29 points. The Huskies won all of the singles flights as well as No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
“I think the key to success was we had coach Steve (Pillon) and Tiffany (Odlum) running practices and the kids have worked really hard,” Northern coach Char Sweeney said. “The kids have a lot of great council and work ethic. They have benefited from the expertise of our coaches.
“Our No. 3 doubles won a hard fought three setter and our four doubles took two points and that was terrific.”
Eisenhower also qualified for the state finals with 21 points and Utica fell short with 16.
Franklin Brozovich was the winner for Northern at No. 1 singles. Chris Adams won No. 2 singles, John Betrus won No. 3 singles and Nishaan Makim was the winner of No. 4 singles.
Abhishek Tekamulla and Neehal Tumma were the winners of the No. 2 doubles flight and Gabe Ferguson and Alex Walton won No. 3 doubles. Each player was 3-0 on the day.
Northern will return Oct. 16 for the state finals at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.
Big Reds advance
The Port Huron High tennis team advanced out of its regional at Grosse Pointe North with 11 points. The Big Reds were third overall behind North (24 points) and Warren Cousino (12).
Port Huron won its first round matches in all eight flights. Cameron Lee finished second overall in No. 1 singles, Joe Myers was the runner-up in No. 2 singles and Isaiah Rousey was second in No. 3 singles.
The Big Reds will travel to the Division 2 finals Oct. 16 in Holly.
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