SEASON PREVIEW: Richard tennis swinging for big things

The Richard tennis team opened things up on Saturday at a tournament in Chelsea and went 2-0-1 on the day. Not a bad start for the Fighting Irish who should be fighting for plenty of wins and success on the tennis court again this season.

Jim Sayed, starting his 11th year as coach, guided the team to a 4-0-1 record, Catholic League sectional champions, regional finalist and 10th place at MHSAA state tournament last year.


“We are returning 11 of 12 varsity players from the best season in FGR history and with a couple of quality newcomers look to repeat as CHSL champs and improve on 10th place at states,” Sayed said.

Evan Sood returns for his senior season. Sood, who will play No. 1 singles for the third straight year, was All-State First Team in 2015 and 2016. Sophomore Ian Sood, who will play No. 2 singles, was a state finalist at two singles in 2016 and All-State First Team in 2016.

Senior Matt Granzotto, who will play three singles, was All-State Second Team at one doubles last year. Senior Zach Walls, who will play one doubles this year, was All-State Second Team last year.

Top newcomers include freshmen Michael Swortzel and Ben Mbengue.

Richard plays at the Portland Tournament on Saturday.

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