Tennis: Greenhills cruises to Division 4 state championship


Greenhills won six of eight flights and cruised to the Division 4 MHSAA tennis championship at Kalamazoo College on Saturday with a dominant 38 points, 12 points better than second-place Traverse City St. Francis.

Allegan was third with 23 points while Ludington was fourth with 15. Father Gabriel Richard, Grosse Ile and Grand Rapids Catholic Central tied for fifth with 13 points.

Greenhills came into this past weekend’s state finals ranked first with Traverse City St. Francis No. 2 and Allegan No. 3. The Gryphons also were ranked third in the state power rankings, which includes all divisions.

All six Greenhills winners were top seeds of their flights.

The Oral brothers led the way for the Gryphons in the singles matches.


Junior Kaan Oral defeated St. Francis senior Elliott Bandrowski, 6-4, 6-1 in the championship match at two singles. Kaan cruised through the state finals, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Holland Christian; 6-0, 6-0 over Ludington and 6-0, 6-1 Tommy Heegan of FGR before reaching the finals. Heegan defeated Hackett (6-4, 2-6, 6-3) and Lumen Christi (6-3, 6-1).

Freshman Mert Oral was dominant at three singles. He won 6-0, 6-0 over Lansing Catholic; 6-0, 6-0 over Allegan; and 6-0, 6-0 over Rafid Farjo of Father Gabriel Richard in the semifinals. He defeated Charlie Schmude of Traverse City St. Francis 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match.

At four singles, Greenhills senior Taha Zirapury cruised to the title at four singles. He defeated St. Francis freshman Cody Richards, 6-2, 6-3, in the finals after winning 6-0, 6-0 over Almont in the semifinals and 6-0, 6-2 over Hackett in the quarterfinals.

At No. 1 singles, Greenhills junior Sahil Deenadayalu lost in the finals to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett sophomore Will Cooksey, who cruised to a 6-0 first-set lead in the final before squeaking out the second set 7-6 with a 7-2 tiebreak to win the flight for the second straight season. Deenadayalu, the second seed, defeated Chesaning 6-0, 6-0; Ludington 6-0, 6-1; and FGR’s Ian Sood (the third seed) 6-3, 6-3 to reach the finals.

Sood defeated Lansing Christian 6-1, 6-0 and GR West Catholic 6-4, 6-2; and Grant 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals.

Greenhills won three of the four doubles events.

Trey Feldeisen and Henry Branch ran into few problems on the way to a state title at one doubles. The duo was the top seed and defeated Frankenmuth 6-0, 6-1; Grand Rapids CC 6-2, 6-1; and Ludington 6-1, 6-1 to reach the championship match. In the finals, the duo defeated Allegan 6-4, 6-1.

While Greenhills’ No. 2 doubles semifinal match was the tournament clincher, the duo of Drake Rosenberg and Joey Formicola lost in the final to St. Francis top seeds Sean Navin and Brandon Chouinard in a nail-biter, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5). The pair was the No. 2 seed and defeated GR NorthPointe 6-2, 6-1; Paw Paw 6-1, 6-2; and Allegan 6-1, 6-2 to reach the finals.

Nathan Rosenberg and Finn Feldeisen took first at three doubles for Greenhills. The pair was the one seed and played like it – winning 6-1, 6-3 over Berrien Springs; 6-2, 6-2 over GR Northpointe; 6-0, 7-6(6) over Grosse Ile; and 6-2, 6-2 over Allegan in the finals.

Top-seeded Harrison Li and Alex Schwendeman won at four doubles in rather easy fashion. The duo won 6-1, 6-1 over GR Catholic Central; 6-0, 6-2 over Liggett; 6-2, 6-1 over Whitehall; and 6-4, 6-0 over Allegan in the finals.





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