Mid Michigan Sports Scene July 2011 : Page 45

Mid-Michigan Sports Scene www.midmichss.smugmug.com June 2011 45 Lowell’s Trapp finishes second in Division 2 finals Teri Tune MM Sports Scene When Lowell senior tennis player Kelly Trapp entered the Division 2 state championship tournament, she had only one goal in mind: to make it past the second round. This was something that she had been unable to do in her other trips to the finals. Trapp exceeded that goal in a big way this year, as she not only made it past the second round, but also advanced all the way to the championship match at No. 1 singles. From start to finish, this year has been exciting for Trapp. “This has been a great year,” she said. “Once the weather got nice enough, this season just seemed to get better for me and I had a lot of great matches.” Trapp started playing when she was young and says she will continue playing after high school. “I’ve been playing since I was five or six years old,” she said. “I started out playing doubles in junior high since Lowell doesn’t have a singles team. The transition from doubles to singles took some getting used to, but once I started playing singles I loved it and have been playing as a single ever since. I wish we would have had a singles team in middle school.” The Division 2 state tournament in Jenison started out with Trapp facing Robin Bruley from Gibraltar Carlson High School. Trapp defeated Bruley in two straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. “My first match was good and got my nerves out of the way,” Trapp said. “It’s always kind of nerve-racking the first match of a big tournament and I was glad to get the first one over.” Trapp then went on to face the number six seed from Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, Bailey Paradiso. Again Trapp only needed two sets, as she defeated Paradiso 6-2, 6-4. “I’ve never made it past the second round so this win just blew my mind,” Trapp said. “It was amazing to win this one. She’s a tough player and she knows how to find the weakness in a player, so this win was very exciting.” Trapp then went on to the quarterfinals where she would take on the number three seed, Mollie Fox from Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. For the first time in the tournament, Trapp would have to play more than two sets to win the match, as she fell in the first set 1-6. “I was ready to throw in the towel after that, but then I got the hang of it in the second set and started to battle back and got the win,” said Trapp. This did not surprise her coach. “She came back and played her usual marvelous defensive game,” said Lowell tennis coach Bonnie Wall. “She’s able to get to shots that other players just are not able to handle and she handles them well and stays mentally tough. Her anticipation and movement on the court definitely add to her strengths as a player and she just has an overall toughness about her.” Trapp’s win over Fox moved her into the semi-finals, where she faced Nancy Benda from Birmingham Seaholm High School. Trapp again only need two sets, and in an amazing match, defeated Benda 6-0, 6-1 to move her into the finals to take on the tournament’s number one seed, Talia Johnson from Portage Northern High School. Trapp saw her season come to an end as she was defeated by Johnson 6-2, 6-2 and finished second in the state. For someone whose goal was to just make it past the second round, Kelly should be very proud of what she accomplished this year. She plans on attending Grand Valley State University in the fall and playing club tennis. “I’m very proud and happy for her,” said coach Wall. Lowell’s Kelly Trapp. (David Cook Photos) Portland enjoys another record-breaking season Teri Tune MM Sports Scene For the Portland girls tennis team, the 2011 season was one for the record books. The team finished fifth at the Division 4 state tournament with a total of 14 points. That was the best finish ever for the Raider program. NorthPointe Christian High School from Grand Rapids won the team title with a score of 25, Academy of the Sacred Heart from Bloomfield Hills came in second with 22 points, St. Mary Catholic Central High School from Monroe was third with 18, and Kalamazoo Christian High School was fourth with 16. Portland and Williamston tied for fifth. Leading the way for the Raiders was Katie Blake at No. 4 singles. After a bye in the first round, Blake defeated Maddy Ganton from Lumen Christi Catholic High School in the second round 6-2, 6-1. Blake moved on to the quarterfinals, where she defeated Tory Kulesza from Notre Dame Preparatory School 6-0, 6-0. In the semi-finals, she defeated Emily VandenBerghe from St. Mary Catholic Central 7-5, 6-1 to qualify for the finals. In the finals, however, Blake was defeated by Emilee Belk from NorthPointe Christian 6-3, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Charli Greenhoe reached the quarterfinal round. After a bye in the first round, Greenhoe defeated six seed Wesley DeJoie from University Blodgett from Schoolcraft High School 1-6, 6-0, 6-3. At No. 2 singles Emily Quinn received a bye in the first round and was defeated in the second round by Nash Hughes from Buchanan High School 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. The Raiders doubles teams also finished well on the year. Leading the way for the Raiders was the No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Fowler and Gillian Spitzley, who reached the championship match. After having a bye in the first round, Fowler and Spitzley defeated the team from Traverse City Christian High School 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. In the quarterfinals they defeated St. Mary Catholic Central 6-2, 6-3 and moved themselves into the semifinals, where they then defeated Kalamazoo Christian 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and moved on to the finals. They were defeated by Hannah Gerard and Mary Liesveld from Academy of the Sacred Heart 6-3, 6-3 for a second place finish. The No. 1 doubles team of Audrey Dorshimer and Becca Hooker had a bye in the first round then defeated St. Francis High School of Traverse City 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6) in the second round. Dorshimer and Hooker then went on to the quarterfinals where they were defeated by Academy of the Sacred Heart 6-2, 6-3. The No. 4 doubles team of Jaquie Platte and Hannah Schrauben defeated Frankenmuth in the first round 6-4, 6-3 but lost in the second round to Academy of the Sacred Heart 6-1, 6-2. The Portland girls tennis team finished fourth in Division 4. (Vees Photos) Liggett School 7-5, 6-4. Greenhoe then fell in the quarterfinals to Lauren Caseo from St. Mary Catholic Central 6-0, 6-0. At No. 1 singles, Ellee Eldridge was defeated in the first round by Bethany Sales License #1448

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