Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hamilton varsity tennis eliminated on day one of state tournament

Blake Dewitt prepares to slice a return in his match at the state finals.

  • Blake Dewitt prepares to slice a return in his match at the state finals.
  • John Garvelink walks back to the baseline before serving.

The Hamilton varsity tennis team started well at the Michigan Division III tennis state championships, with all four singles teams winning their opening matches. The next round the Hawkeyes struggled though as all four dropped their second matches and were eliminated.

It was the same result for Hamilton’s first doubles team, who lost a hard fought match to Sturgis, by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.  Soon after, both the 2nd and 3rd doubles teams would fall in straight sets to Dewitt and Grosse Ile, respectively.

The final team alive for Hamilton was their 4th doubles team of sophomores Grant Wolfram an Eric Selle. Their hopes of moving on to day two were quickly diminished though, as the doubles team lost 1-6, 3-6 to a strong Grand Rapids Christian team, leaving no Hamilton flights advancing into day two.

Hamilton’s tennis program has made great strides in the two years they have made the state tournament and with their team score of four points, it became the best finish for the Hawkeyes in many years.

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