Christman collects 100th career victory as Tigers win four

Walt Kaechele

The Allegan tennis team had an excellent week of matches winning two in the East Division of the Wol­verine conference against Vicksburg and Three Rivers on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, by identical 8-0 shutouts.
Then on Thursday, April 30, the Tigers defeated non-league opponent Forrest Hills Eastern 5-3 before posting an 8-0 victory over Paw Paw in a Wolverine Con­ference crossover match on Friday, May 1.
As impressive as all these team victories are, tennis is still very much an individual sport where one player, or a pair of players, matches up against another to see who can pound the ball the best. Once the tennis ball fuzz has cleared the court, the individual scores are compiled to see which team can declare a victory. This makes all the individual players’ contributions a key factor in the success of the team and when a team has a player who can dominate their opponent match in and match out, it makes the team’s success that much easier and Allegan has been fortunate to have such a player for the past four years.
Livia Christman has been Allegan’s number one singles player for all four years and has been a huge force in the team’s success during those four years. One of the milestones for any good athlete participating in an individual-based team sport like wrestling, swimming, golf, track or tennis is to achieve 100 wins during a career.
On Thursday, April 30, in the match against Forrest Hills Eastern, Christman hit the 100 career victory mark and after Friday’s match she currently has 101 wins to join an elite group of athletes who have also achieved a similar status.
Individual results for Allegan:
#1. Livia Christman 4-0; #2. Karlie Wells 4-0; #3. Anya Wisner 3-1; #4. Julia Patmos 4-0.
#1. Reannon Rizqallah/ Adrian Rizqallah 4-0; #2. Katelyn Clark/Jacelyn Hine­sley 4-0; #3. Mollie Babbitt/ Alana Kugelaard 3-1; #4. Erin Milbocker/Bridgett Hopkins 3-1.

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