Top seeds hold serve on day one of the state tennis finals

On the first day of the Division 1 state tennis championships on Thursday in Kalamazoo, top seeds held serve.

At No. 1 singles, Ann Arbor Pioneer’s top seed Reese Miller picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Clarkston’s Leah Geisz and a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stoney Creek’s Isabella Barretto. No. 2 seed Jenna Redmile of Rochester Adams beat Rockford’s Anna Kenney and Bloomfield Hills’ Anna Bickersteth in straight sets. No. 3 seed Nicole Fu of Rochester Adams earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Troy’s Haley Chenfang, then beat Novi’s Alicen Liu 7-6 (6), 6-3. No. 4 seed Sienna Osborne of Lake Orion picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kalamazoo Central’s Daniella Richardson and then reached the semifinal with a default win over Kavitha Gowda of Troy Athens.

At No. 2 singles saw one of the few top-four seeds to lose as No. 3 seed Reagan Tomina of Bloomfield Hills fell to Port Huron Northern’s Lily Van Howe 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Van Howe also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Saline’s Sophie Dubovoy. Meanwhile Pioneer’s Elsie Van Wieren, the No. 1 seed, is into the semifinal having dropped one game in two matches, wins over Holland West Ottawa’s Danielle Lebster and Traverse City Central’s Alexis Smith. No. 2 seed Laura Leiti of Midland Dow picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Stoney Creek’s Claire Bahk and a 6-1, 6-2 win over Rockford’s Signe Faelstroem. No. 4 seed Amritha Yelleti of Troy scored straight-sets wins over Novi’s Deb Saha and Ann Arbor Skyline’s Maddie Slade.

At No. 3 singles, Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Mia Goldstein picked up 6-0, 6-0 wins over Novi’s Anika Kinra and Romeo’s Chase Janabet. Midland Dow’s Claire Earley is into the semifinals with straight-sets wins over Troy Athens’ Rachel Herrington and Port Huron Northern’s Addison Lyons. Clarkston’s Abbey Labate, the No. 3 seed, needed a third set to beat Troy’s Hannah Lee 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 before beating Northville’s Lauren Agosta 6-2, 6-0. She next faces Grace Shaya of Bloomfield Hills who picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Grand Blanc’s Tori Sippell and a 6-3, 6-0 win over Holland West Ottawa’s Chloe Duckworth.

The top seed at No. 4 singles, Pioneer’s Bridgette Kelly, is through to the semifinal thanks to back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins over Holland West Ottawa’s Grace Gaul and Grand Blanc’s Riley Johnson. She will face No. 4 seed Natasha Burr of Romeo who picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Northville’s Laya Mangipudi and a 6-0, 6-0 win over Troy’s Shreyana Keeta. The semifinal on the other side of the No. 4 singles bracket will pit the second-seeded Julia Yousif of Bloomfield Hills and third-seeded Katarina Fisher of Clarkston. Yousif scored straight-sets wins over Saline’s Kylie Evanson and Port Huron Northern’s Amara Makim. Fisher had straight-sets wins over Stoney Creek’s Emma Kwapis and Novi’s Haruka Ishibashi.

One place where seedings did not entirely hold came at No. 1 doubles where No. 5 seed Ayesha Middha and Mallory Matthews of Midland Dow pulled off a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brooke Nicholson and Stephanie Zaror of Utica Eisenhower, the No .4 seeds.

Middha and Matthews survived a close call in the first set of their opening match before pulling out a 7-5, 6-1 win over Northville’s Erica Goins and Megan Herdoiza.

Meanwhile No. 2 seeded Ashley Capelli and Juliana Pullen of Ann Arbor Pioneer came up with straight sets wins over Kaitlyn Meyer and Madelyn Moored of West Ottawa and Trista Ameel and Avery Coe of Romeo. No. 3 seed Grace Zhu and Stephanie Ochoa of Troy won in straight sets over Clarkston’s Lauren Sielinski and Kate Ketzler and Novi’s Mandira Sardar and Alice Chen. No. 1 seed Danielle Herb and Carly Bernard of Bloomfield Hills dropped a total of four games in wins over Stoney Creek’s Katie Folger and Katie Beglin and Hudsonville’s Taylor Nederveld and Alisa Bareman.

Another No. 5 seed is through to the semifinals at No. 3 doubles, where Northville’s Sona Manoukian and Alessia Zorzan won a pair of matches in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 4 seed Grace Chacko and Abi Parivakkam of Novi. They face the top seeded Eryn Stern and Grace Bickersteth of Bloomfield Hills in the semifinal after that duo won in straight sets over Ann Arbor Skyline’s Isabella Somers and Lauren Lee, and Stoney Creek’s Melena Gjogevski and Jemma Rea.

No. 2 seed Varsha Penumalee and Prisha Akasapu of Troy are through with a pair of straight sets wins, but that included a 7-5, 6-2 third-round win over Traverse City Central’s Wren Walker and Sophia Hagerty. No. 3 seed Eleanor Vogel and Aditi Ganesan of Pioneer got through in straight sets with wins over Clarkston’s Kendall Woodward and Abby Finnerty and Midland Dow’s Sofia Gestiada and Emelia Ingalla.

At No. 2 doubles, top-seeded Noa Goldstein and Natalie Raab of Bloomfield Hills dropped a total of three games in wins over Grand Blanc’s Riya Achuri and Diya Kanwar and Utica Eisenhower’s Amanda Galicia and Miranda Smith. No. 4 seed Kelly Linart and Kamryn Dumas of Holland West Ottawa made it through a close second set to beat Port Huron Northern’s Ella Beck and Ashlyn Kinney 6-2, 7-5, then won in straight sets over Northville’s Mackenzie DeYoung and Tala Shatara .

No. 3 seed Nika Tanako and Sophie Chong of Troy were pushed to the limit in a pair of matches, but beat Novi’s Eugene Chung and Avni Kinra 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 and Traverse City Central’s Natalie Bourdo and Carly Galsterer 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 seeded Mia Berens and Natalie Guo of Pioneer pulled out straight sets wins over Clarkston’s Zoe Paxton and Maddie Gurn and Stoney Creek’s Ava Hovey and Peyton Donovan.

At No. 4 doubles, top-seeded Vienna Thieu and Michelle Baik of Troy took straight sets wins over Ann Aroby Skyline’s Edan Dietz and Lucy Stoy and Clarkston’s Sam Galley and Abigail Walker. No. 4 seed Chloe Warren and Arella He of Ann Arbor Pioneer got a straight sets win over Midland Dow’s Olivia Cross and Rachel Erdman, but needed a third set to beat Sophia Dober and Kennedy Griffith of Northville 6-1, 1-6, 6 -1. No. 3 seed Aryana Kinra and Chiharu Kobayashi of Novi got straight sets wins over Ann Arbor Huron’s Ana Wilkins and Rumei Zha and Holland West Ottawa’s Rachel Kennedy and Jessica Zhang. Bloomfield Hills’ No. 2 seed Colleen Pettengill and Ellie Alberts got straight-sets wins over Saline’s Katheryn Feller and Kylie Warner and Traverse City Central’s Zoe Galan and Audrey Parker.

Division 1 play will wrap up on Friday. Play in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 will run Friday and Saturday.

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