Local tennis teams had a solid day in the first-round of the MHSAA State Finals on Friday at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. Day two of the tournament will be on Saturday.
In Division 1, Bloomfield Hills and Troy are tied for the lead with 22 points. Huron is lurking in third place, just two points behind the leaders.
Pioneer and Novi are tied for sixth with 15 points, followed by Skyline with 12 as all three Ann Arbor teams finished in the top 10 after the first day.
At one singles, Skyline’s Brian Carpenter won his first match 6-2, 6-2 before losing in round two.
At two singles, Huron’s Kobie Mueller had an impressive showing. The number two seed had a bye in the first round and then won 6-0, 6-1 in the second round. Mueller then won his quarterfinal match 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to advance to the semifinals where he will face third-seed Sid Amarnath from Novi.
Pioneer’s Oliver Fuchs won his first-round match 6-0, 7-6 (6) before losing in the second round.
After a bye in the first round, Skyline’s Timmy Kao won 7-6(3), 6-0 before losing to Amarnath 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Two locals reached the quarterfinals at three singles. Huron’s Henry Zhou drew a bye and then won 6-2, 6-0 before losing 6-2, 6-2. Skyline’s Nikhil Gunaratham had a bye and then a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round before falling 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Pioneer’s Niki Zakarian won his first-round match 6-2, 6-1 before falling in the second round.
There will be a “local” semifinal at number four singles. Huron’s Michael Shi will meet Pioneer’s Stanley Rhodes to determine who plays in the finals on Saturday. Rhodes, the number two seed, had a bye, a 6-2, 7-6(2) win and then a 6-0, 6-3 win to reach the semifinals. Shi, the third seed, had a bye, a 6-4, 6-2 win and then a 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the semifinals.
Skyline’s Arnav Nadgir had a bye in the first round and a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round before falling to the top seed 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Huron and Pioneer both reached the quarterfinals at one doubles before losing.
Huron’s Max Brodkey and Brendan Chen had a bye and then a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win before falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to fourth-seeded Troy. Pioneer’s Jared Kehn and Michael Hwang had a bye and then a 6-1, 6-1 win before falling 6-1, 6-2 to third-seeded Brother Rice.
Skyline’s Beau Chicoine and Jarrett Sung won their first-round match before falling to top-seed Bloomfield Hills 6-1, 6-2.
In two doubles, Huron’s fourth-seeded duo of Matt Kelley and Anvi Rao marched to the semifinals with a bye, a 6-0, 6-3 win and then a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals. They will face top-seeded Brother Rice on Saturday.
Pioneer’s Alan Zheng and Zach Wu had a bye and a first-round 7-6(3), 6-1 win before falling to top-seeded Brother Rice 6-3, 6-1.
Skyline’s duo of Matt Krivan and Artur Kuchmov won 6-0, 6-2 in their opening match before falling 6-1, 6-3 to third-seeded Troy.
Pioneer’s top-seeded duo of Connor Streeter and Brendan Karsch marched all the way to the semifinals at three doubles where they will face fourth-seed Brother Rice. The Pioneers had a bye, a 6-0, 6-0 win and then a 6-0, 6-0 win in the quarterfinals for a perfect day on the court.
Huron’s Sammy Clyde and Pranav Sharma had a bye, a 6-1, 6-3 win before falling 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Skyline’s Pritish Patil and Adhavan Arivalagan had a bye, a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win before falling 6-1, 6-1 to second-seed Bloomfield Hills.
There will be another local semifinal at four doubles when Huron’s T.J. Bai and Nick Grosh meet Pioneer’s Nick Wu and Eric Zhou. Huron, the third seed, had a bye, a 7-6(4), 6-0 win followed by a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals. Pioneer, the second seed, had a bye, a 6-2, 6-4 win followed by a 6-1, 6-1 win.