ANN ARBOR — The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division IV Girls Tennis State Finals took place at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center.
Coach Mary Bradley’s Ovid-Elsie team was honored to represent the O-E community with their State Finals appearance.
“The team played really tough matches against the best players in the state. said coach Bradley, after the Marauders scored four team points to tie with Frankenmuth. “Many of the scores don’t reflect the battle they put up each game. The girls tennis team not only represented the Ovid-Elsie community with strong tennis, but as classy student-athletes.”
Ann Arbor Greenhills won the state crown with 35 points, followed Bloomfield Sacred Heart with 26 team tallies in the 26-squad field.
Ovid-Elsie’s Christina Rademacher-Vine (#3 singles) wrapped up a phenomenal 17-1 regular season, winning her second round match on Friday before falling to one of the top seeded players.
At #1 doubles, Claire Thornton and Jollee Swender won their first match, as well as at #4 doubles where Jenna Tomasek and Hailie McCreery won their initial match, before both O-E entries fell to top seeded teams.
“Overall, the girls played tough against powerhouse tennis teams and proudly represented the Ovid-Elsie community,” explained coach Bradley.
Complete Marauder results included:
1st Singles – Brooklyn Belill, lost 1st match 1-6, 0-6.
2nd Singles – Rylee Lewis, lost 1st match 3-6, 4-6.
3rd Singles – Christina Rademacher-Vine, bye, won 2nd match 6-2, 6-1; lost 3rd match 1-6, 1-6.
4th Singles – Ava Anderson, lost 1st match 2-6, 0-6.
1st Doubles – Claire Thornton/Jollee Swender won 1st match, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; lost 2nd match 1-6, 0-6.
2nd Doubles – Hannah Moore/Abigail Hills, lost 1st match 4-6, 6-2, 3-6.
3rd Doubles – Ellyanna Carman/Tori Maynard, lost 1st match 2-6, 3-6.
4th Doubles – Jenna Tomasek/Hailie McCreery won 1st match 6-4, 7-5; lost 2nd match 2-6, 1-6.
“The future looks bright,” coach Bradley explained. “Our team is young with two seniors, five juniors, one sophomore, and four freshmen.
Ovid-Elsie stood tall with the Lady Marauders tennis appearance in the MHSAA State Finals at U of M in Ann Arbor. A proud community welcomed them home. The Team Includes: Tori Maynard, Brooklyn Belill, Abigail Hills, Beatrice Guerra, Rylee Lewis, Christina Radmecher- Vine, Jollee Swender, Claire Thornton, Hannah Moore, Assistant Coach Haley Johnson, Ava Anderson, Jenna Tomasek, Ellyanna Carman, Hailie McCreery and Head Coach Taylor Johnson.