All three Ann Arbor public schools will be serving it up this weekend at the MHSAA Division 1 Tennis State Finals at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.
Action begins at 8 a.m. on Friday with the second-day also starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The top three ranked teams in the state – Bloomfield Hills, Novi and Brother Rice – should compete for the top prize with Troy’s Steve Forman returning to defend his title at No. 1 singles.
Huron’s Brendan Chen is back to defend his D-1 state title at No. 1 doubles. Chen will have a new partner with him this year in Max Brodkey. The Huron duo is seeded fifth after taking first at the Woodhaven Regional last weekend.
The local teams dominated the Woodhaven Regional, taking the top three spots to all qualify for the state finals. Huron took first in five events and finished with 29 points to take first overall. Pioneer was first in three events and finished with 24 points to take second. Skyline finished with 19 points to take third overall, three points ahead of Saline in the nine-team regional.
The River Rats won the top three singles events. Huron’s Owen Kelley defeated Skyline’s Brian Carpenter 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 at one singles. Huron’s Kobie Mueller defeated Skyline’s Timmy Kao 6-1, 6-2 at two singles. And Huron’s Henry Zhou defeated Skyline’s Nikhil Gunaratham 6-3, 6-1 at three singles.
Pioneer’s Stanley Rhodes defeated Huron’s Michael Shi 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the finals at four singles.
Chen/Brodkey knocked off Pioneer’s Jared Kehn/Michael Hwang 6-1, 6-3 to win one doubles.
At two doubles, Huron’s Matt Kelley/Anvit Rao defeated Pioneer’s Alan Zheng/Zach Wu 6-1, 7-6 (2).
At three doubles, Pioneer’s Connor Streeter/Brendan Karsch defeated Huron’s Sammy Clyde/Pranav Sharma 6-4, 6-2.
At four doubles, Pioneeer’s Nick Wu/Eric Zhou defeated Huron’s T.J. Bai/Nick Grosh 6-3, 6-4.