2018-10-11 / Sports

Leelanauts defeat Cadillac, ready for Regionals

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


MARGOT HAZAEL-MASSIEUX hits a return shot against her opponent at The Leelanau School courts. MARGOT HAZAEL-MASSIEUX hits a return shot against her opponent at The Leelanau School courts. The Leelanau Tennis team gained momentum for regionals, as they defeated Cadillac last Thursday.

The Leelanauts will head to St. Francis to compete in this year’s regionals against all the other varsity teams in the conference. Matches will take place at three different locations, such as Traverse City Christian and other nearby schools.

“The team is very excited for regionals,” Leelanau tennis coach David Grams said. “It can’t get here fast enough. We have been working for this for a long time, and I think the level of competition is going to be very tough. We are looking forward to the tough competition.”

The team had a full week to practice to prepare for the regional action. According to Grams, the doubles teams have been focusing on returning serves, placing shots and avoiding the net person. Another big item in practice that Grams wants the team to work on is not double faulting.


GRAY RAYMOND awaits his opponents return shot in a doubles match at Glen Arbor Park. GRAY RAYMOND awaits his opponents return shot in a doubles match at Glen Arbor Park. “It’s sad when you lose a point before the match really gets going,” Grams said.

Twelve athletes will travel to St. Francis to compete.

Other athletes will be able to travel to the matches, but will not be able to compete in the day of tennis. Grams said the team has grown throughout the year, and has found the athletes wgi will be competing for the county at St. Francis.

“The team has been well established,” Grams said. “They’ve been playing and practicing really hard to get to this moment.”

Last year, the four-school co-op finished its season in the regionals. The team showed its best, but matchups with higher seeded opponents in six of the eight flights proved to be too much to overcome.

The Leelanauts were left on the outside looking in, as Traverse City St. Francis won all eight flights and advanced to the state finals.

“Regionals is awesome for the team,” Grams said. “I have mixed feelings about it, because with it comes the end of the season and I’ll be sad not to spend the time with these kids each day.”

The four-school co-op defeated Cadillac, 6-2 behind strong play from top singles and doubles players. The team ended the season at Cadillac last year, and won that match as well, 5-3.

The Leelanauts took three singles matches and three doubles matches from Cadillac. Jackson Ciolek won the No. 1 singles, Drew Barber won the No. 2 singles, Grace Murray won the No. 3 singles and Mahrle Siddall won the No. 5 singles match.

For the doubles, CeCe Schaub and Sydney Hazelton teamed up to win the No. 1 spot. Elliot Hazelton and Payton Connell won their match at the No. 3 doubles. There wasn’t a team for the No. 4 doubles, as the teams played in the five singles matches.

The Leelanau Tennis team’s attention turns to today in the regionals against some of the best teams in northern Michigan.

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