In tennis action on Saturday, the Sailors competed in the OK Black Conference Tournament. The Sailors scored 39 points, 1 point behind Fruitport who went on to win the conference title. The Sailors met Fruitport at many flights and made them nervous and their victory was no easy task - the Sailors made them earn it. 1 Singles Sophie Scheuerle started with a win against Union, and finished 4th overall with All-Conference honors. 2 Singles Lydia Sowles went to the finals after winning the first two matches of the day; she also received All-Conference honors. 3 Singles Paige Judson advanced to the finals, and she also received All-Conference honors. At 4 singles, Rebecca Powell won a match higher than her seed, knocking off Jenison for a 3rd place finish. 1 Doubles team of Makyla Lieb and Riley Trygstad sailed to victory in the finals against rival Fruitport and won 1st place in the conference tournament. They also are enjoying All-Conference honors. 2 Doubles Emily Lieb and Linden Gentzkow went to the 3rd place match and won handily. Michaela Sander and Holli Brus moved through the bracket with ease and won their final as well. Finally, 4 doubles Gabby Alderman and Lena Peisker fended off a pesky Jenison team to win the conference flight in 2 sets. Every single flight met their expected seed or did better. It was amazing to see the fight that the ladies had and their sense of teamwork was apparent throughout the entire day. The ladies are looking ahead to Regionals on Saturday, looking to compete well against some tough Grand Rapids competition. Good luck ladies!
Mona Shores Puts Pressure on Conference Rival, Ties 4-4 with Fruitport
On Wednesday, the Sailors fought through windy conditions to record a 4-4 tie with reigning conference champion Fruitport at home. The ladies had to force some tiebreakers and were focused each and every point. This team has faced Fruitport a number of times this season already, which is both a positive and a challenge. The next challenge will be the biggest as they head in to the conference tournament, where they will likely face Fruitport again in a number of flights. Huge performances were turned in today by Lydia Sowles at 2 singles, besting a talented Haleigh Winskas, 7-6 (6), 6-3. The 3 Doubles team of Michaela Sander and Holli Brus came out in a 3rd set and won 6-4, despite being down 3-4 earlier in the set. 1 Doubles combo of Makyla Lieb and Riley Trygstad avenged their loss from the city tournament just days before with a win of 7-6 (3), 6-4, and with that secured the 1 seed for the conference tournament later this weekend. Nice job ladies!
On Saturday, the Sailors travelled to Caledonia and faced some of the toughest competition in West Michigan. Due to some changes in the line-up, most of our players had to play up a flight than they normally would and did fantastic! Paige Judson, playing at 2 singles, jumped out with an early win over regional opponent Northview, 6-2, 6-1. The 1 doubles pairing of the day of Emily Lieb and Linden Gentzkow held their own against West Ottawa (who went on to win the tournament), but ultimately lost in a battle of 6-4, 6-3. Riley Trygstad filled in at 3 singles and beat all three teams to take home the 1st place medal in the flight. All of the girls who played on Saturday showed incredible poise, flexibility, and fight in every match. Nice job ladies!
At home on Thursday, the Sailors took on North Muskegon and fell, 2-6. North Muskegon brings tough competition as a state ranked team and the Sailors were able to fight in every game of the match. All of the singles put out incredible effort to vary their game and switch up their styles to do their best. The 2nd doubles team of Emily Lieb and Linden Gentzkow pushed hard and made it to a second set tiebreak, where they ultimately fell, but not without amazing grit. 3 Doubles team of Michaela Sander and Holli Brus won in straight sets (6-1, 6-1), as did 4 Doubles duo of Gabby Alderman and Lena Peisker (6-0, 6-4). The Sailors have a tournament on the weekend at Caledonia and then start their city and conference campaigns. Good luck ladies!
In tennis action on Wednesday, the Sailors travelled to Kenowa Hills and came out with a victory, 7-1. Singles had a strong showing today with Sophie Scheuerle (6-4, 6-3), Lydia Sowles (6-2, 6-0), and Paige Judson (6-1, 6-1) all winning in straight sets. 4th Doubles team of Gabby Alderman and Lena Peisker pulled out a win in the 2nd set against a determined Knights team, winning 6-0, 7-5. The 2 doubles team of Emily Lieb and Linden Gentzkow cruized to a 6-2, 6-0 victory with a mix of winner volleys and down the line shots. Nice job ladies! Tomorrow, your Sailors take on North Muskegon at home. Good luck ladies!
Mona Shores Performs Well, Despite 4th place Finish
On Saturday, your Mona Shores Sailors travelled to Holland to take on some tough competition which included Holland, Northview, and St. Joe high schools. These opponents are tennis powerhouse schools that reload every year on talent - and the Sailors competed well against them in every single match! By the time the scores were tallied, we were only 1 point behind Northview, which is a regional rival toward the end of the season. Winning the entire 3 singles flight was Paige Judson, beating all 3 opponents and winning a championship medal for her efforts. Also in the hunt for the top spot was the 1 doubles team of Makyla Lieb and Riley Trygstad, placing 2nd place in a 3 way tie between Holland and St. Joe, ultimately coming down to sets lost to determine their spot. Great sportsmanship was turned in by freshman Lydia Sowles, particularly in her last match of the day. There was great fight from the Sailors all day, and we are excited to continue on with our season!
The Sailors opened up conference play with a great showing, besting Union by a score of 8 to 0. Big wins were turned in by Lydia Sowles at 2 Singles with a score of 6-3, 6-4 and Rebecca Powell with a score of 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 - both ladies won their first matches of the season. Matches will continue on Saturday as the Sailors head down to Holland to play at their invitational. Good luck ladies!
The Sailors went to Whitehall and fought to a draw, 4 matches to 4. The teams had perfect weather to play tennis and Mona Shores came out with some key victories against a tough Whitehall team. Rebecca Powell at 4 singles battled throughout her match and took her opponent deep into sets, but coming up just short (6-4, 7-5). The 2 doubles pairing of Emily Lieb and Linden Gentzkow played smart and strategic tennis and earned a 7-5, 6-4, victory over Whitehall. Leading the team at #1 singles was Sophie Scheuerle with a 6-2, 6-4 win, with smooth shots and smart play. Next up, the Sailors move into conference play against Grand Rapids Union. Good luck ladies!
Mona Shores Battles at East Kentwood Tournament
On Saturday, the Sailors travelled to East Kentwood to participate in their annual tournament, complete with 8 teams. The competition was high, and the team performed well! Many matches against quality opponents went to a 3rd set super tiebreaker. Overall, the Sailors walked away with 9 match wins - which was more than the Sailors score 2 years ago at the same tournament. Congrats to 3 Singles Paige Judson, who won the consolation bracket with a win over Grandville (6-2, 6-3) and to 1 Doubles team of Makyla Lieb and Riley Trygstad with a runner up finish at the tournament. Rebecca Powell at 4 singles improved throughout the day and the 3 doubles team of Michaela Sander and Holli Brus fought hard for a win over East Kentwood in the first round (1-6, 6-0, 10-8). The ladies start conference play this week against Union. Good luck ladies!
On Wednesday, the varsity team visited Thornapple Kellogg and played strong. The team improved over last year's match of 0-8, with all matches being competitive until the end. Sophie Scheuerle settled in at 1 singles and played strategic tennis throughout the match. Paige Judson stepped up to 2 singles and was serving the best of her tennis career. 1 Doubles team of Makyla Lieb and Riley Trygstad notched their first win with a solid 6-3, 6-3 victory over Thornapple. The Sailors are improving by leaps and bounds each day and are ready for their first Saturday tournament at East Kentwood. Great job Sailors!