Katelyn Clark, one half of Allegan’s No. 2 doubles team along with Jacelyn Hinesley, keeps her eyes on the ball.

Allegan tennis hosts talent-laden tourney

Jason Wesseldyk

Each year, the Allegan Invitational draws some of the top girls’ tennis teams in the state.
This year was no different.
Among the teams participating in the Saturday, April 18, event were the second-ranked team in Division 2 (East Grand Rapids), the second-ranked team in Division 3 (Detroit Country Day) and the 10th-ranked team in Division 3 (Spring Lake).
And Allegan coach Jennifer Aldrich wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s great to play some of the top teams in the state,” Aldrich said. “We needed some matches like these to help us improve and get to the next level.”
The Tigers placed fourth with 14 points, while East Grand Rapids took the top spot with 18. Detroit Country Day and Holland tied for second place with 15 points.
“It was nice to play at this high level.  We were able to see the things we are strong at and the other areas we need to focus on and improve on,” Aldrich said.
Allegan came away with one flight championship, as Karlie Wells outlasted Detroit Country Day’s Sadina Fadel 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the title match at No. 2 singles.
At No. 1 singles, Allegan’s Livia Christman advanced to the finals with a hard-fought 6-1, 6-7 (1), 6-2 victory over East Grand Rapids’ Bridget Eardley. In the final, Christman fell 6-1, 6-3 to Detroit County Day’s Haley Mullins.
“Liv really ground it out in her match with (Eardley), who was a wall,” Aldrich said. “She ran everything down and was able to get everything back. But Liv was able to keep her cool and make adjustments.”

For the full story, pick up a copy of the April 23 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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