The River Rats brought their A game to the state finals and landed in second place at the Division 1 championships at the Greater Midland Tennis Center. Huron and Birmingham Brother Rice both finished tied for second with 22 points in the two-day finals.
Bloomfield Hills, which won five of the eight flights, dominated the competition with 37 points. The Black Hawks have now won three of the past four Division 1 titles. Bloomfield Hills posted 24 points on Friday to open the tournament followed by Huron with 20 points.
Northville was fourth with 20 points, Troy placed fifth at 17 and Pioneer finished sixth with 15 points.
Huron returned home with a state title at No. 3 doubles. The Huron team of Sammy Clyde and Pranav Sharma outlasted Bloomfield Hills’ Max Nosanchuk and Phoenix Williams in the finals in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The Huron duo advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Brother Rice in the semifinals. After securing a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed, the Huron pair knocked off Canton 6-0, 6-0 and then Rockford 6-0, 6-0 on Friday.
Huron’s Owen Kelley got things rolling on Friday at one singles with an easy 6-0, 6-4 win over Kai Roberts of Detroit CC after drawing a first-round bye. Kelley, the No. 5 seed, then defeated Gabe Brown of Troy Athens 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals. Kelley lost on Saturday to No. 1 seed Andrew Zhang 6-1, 6-2.
Pioneer’s Oliver Fuchs won his first-round match at one singles against Brandon Mceachem of Hudsonville 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). He then won his second-round match 6-1, 6-1 over Cole Goodman of Grand Ledge before falling in the quarterfinal match to No. 2 seed Jarreau Campbell of Brother Rice 6-2, 6-1.
Huron’s Henry Zhou opened Friday with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jack Callaghan of Catholic Central in the first round at two singles. He lost to third-seeded Jagan Nallani of Troy in the second round 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
At two singles, Pioneer’s Niki Zakarian won his first-round match against Holt’s Jonathan Laier 6-1, 6-1 before falling to Brother Rice’s JJ Etterbeek 6-1, 6-1 in the second round.
Huron’s Michael Shi entered the tournament as the fourth seed at three singles and earned a bye in the first round. He won his second-round match 6-1, 6-2 over Andrew Ferdig of Holt before falling to Samir Rajani of Northville 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Pioneer’s Stanley Roberts, the third seed, had a big day at three singles on Friday. After a first-round bye, Roberts defeated Warren Dietz of Catholic Central 6-0, 6-2 and then knocked off Brother Rice’s Doug Prew 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. On Saturday, Roberts fell to Clarkston’s Frank Piana 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a semifinal match.
Huron’s Derek Zhu, the sixth seed at four singles, had a bye and then a 6-0, 6-0 win over Benji Efros of West Bloomfield in the second round on Friday. He lost to Clarkston’s Noah Fasczewski 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
Pioneer’s Isaac Harrenkohl, the fourth seed at four singles, earned a first-round bye before knocking off Troy’s Yuvi Jamwal 6-1, 6-1. He lost a three-set match 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 to Catholic Central’s Brandon Falk.
Huron’s Max Brodkey and Anvit Rao entered as the fourth seed at one doubles to earn a first-round bye. They defeated Canton 6-1, 6-0 and then knocked off Grosse Pointe South 6-0, 6-4 to qualify for the semifinals. The two lost to Bloomfield Hills on Saturday 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Pioneer’s one doubles team of Michael Hwang and Sam Berkooz had a bye and then defeated Hudsonville 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. They lost to Brother Rice 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
At two doubles, Huron’s Nick Grosh and T.J. Bai had a first-round bye. The top-seeded duo then defeated Holt 6-0, 6-1 and knocked off Novi 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to earn a semifinal match. On Saturday, the River Rats team fell 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 to Northville.
Pioneer’s three doubles team of Connor Streeter and Brendan Karsch lost to Brother Rice 6-4, 6-0 in the second round after earning a first-round bye
Huron’s top-seeded Nikhil Grish and Vincent Tremonti at four doubles had a first-round bye and then beat Troy Athens 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-3. The duo then toppled Traverse City West 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals but lost on Saturday in the semifinals to Bloomfield Hills 6-4, 6-4.
Pioneer’s four doubles team of Mikey Clifford and Eric Zhou earned a bye before beating Rochester in the second round. They lost to Northville 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday.