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Birmingham Seaholm impressive in winning D2 regional title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Birmingham Seaholm tennis team celebrates after winning the Division 2 regional championship Thursday at Bloomfield Tennis. The Maples scored 22 points and will be joined by runner-up, Birmingham Marian (17) at the state finals on May 30-31. (Contributed photo)
  • Royal Oak freshman Ivona Gorgioski hits a forehand during her regional semifinal match against Birmingham Marian's Lauren Dietz Thursday afternoon at The Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Gorgioski beat Dietz to advance to the finals, where she fell to Birmingham Seaholm's Labina Petrovska. Both Petrovska and Gorgioski advanced on to the Division 2 state tournament. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
  • Birmingham Seaholm reached the final in six of eight flights at the Division 2 regional hosted by Groves on Thursday. Marian finished second and will join the Maples at the state tournament in Holland on May 30-31. (Photo gallery for The Oakland Press by Jason Schmitt)
WEST BLOOMFIELD – Birmingham Seaholm tennis coach Scott Ransome said he never felt like his team was running away with Thursday’s Division 2 regional tournament.

The scores would beg to differ.

His Maples won six flight championships, easily distancing themselves from Birmingham Marian and the rest of the field en route to a regional championship played at three separate indoor sites. Seaholm finished with 22 team points, while Birmingham Marian finished with 17. Both teams qualified for the Division 2 finals.

“I never got the sense that we ran away with it,” said Ransome, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the state. “I thought the tennis was hard fought throughout.”

Labina Petrovska led a Seaholm sweep in singles, as she, Lauren Frazier, Claire Markley and Rachel Fenberg all dismissed their opponents in straight sets in the championship round. In fact, the foursome did not lose a set all day, dropping just 19 games in eight combined matches.

Petrovska defeated Birmingham Groves’ Mikayla Kazdan in the semifinals before taking down Royal Oak freshman Ivona Gorgioski, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles final. Though her team did not make it out, by virtue of reaching the finals, Gorgioski qualified for the state tournament. All other flights featured Seaholm and Marian in the finals.

Frazier defeated Breann Lunghamer, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Markley topped Catherine Yaldoo, 6-2, 6-1, at 3-singles, and Fenberg beat Sophia Balardo, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4.

“I think our singles really played well,” Ransome said. “Labina did what Labina does. Lauren won in straight sets this time around. Rachel really stepped up her level of play.”

Seaholm beat Marian, 6-2, in their dual match a few weeks back. The doubles split in that match, with Marian winning at 1-2 doubles. The Mustangs did the same on Thursday.

Tatyanna Dadabbo and Bianca Emde beat Jackie Meier and Laine Boitos, 6-2, 7-6, to capture the No. 1 doubles regional title. Mollie MacEachern and McKenna Landis gave Marian its other title at No. 2, as the pair defeated Sam Lareau and Caity Buechner, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, in the final.

Seaholm won the final two flights. Emily McDermott and Meaghan Flynn beat Mallory Hudson and Caroline Cibulas, 6-3, 6-4, at 3-doubles. Sophie Dixon and Lisa Johnston beat Katie Champion and Marta Colosimo, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4.

“I was very encouraged with our play,” Ransome said. “We improved at 1-2-3 doubles (from the dual). Our 2-doubles, they went three sets this time. At 3-doubles, we didn’t go three sets this time, we won in straight sets.”

Groves finished third with eight points, followed by Berkley (5), Royal Oak (4), Avondale (0) and Southfield (0). Gorgioski became the first Royal Oak player to qualify for the state finals since Winnie Moser did so back in 2005. Her teammates mobbed her as she came off the courts.

“It’s great for the program,” Royal Oak coach Tim Jankowiak said. “Anytime you see someone on your team who excels and has spent so much time, has been so dedicated, make themselves better, it’s something that other kids look up to. And hopefully it’s contagious.”

As for Seaholm, many coaches around the state feel the Maples are the team to beat when the Division 2 state tournament kicks off in Holland on May 30. The team has been ranked No. 1 since the beginning of the season.

“It would be a mistake to underestimate the resolve and the skill of the Marian girls,” Ransome said. “Our win today is a good lesson at humility. I think we played at a region where there were a good number of competitive matches and we were fortunate to win a number of them.

“Afterwards, I told the girls ‘Remember it’s not where we start the season, it’s where we finish it.’ There are a number of other coaches who may feel it’s a foregone conclusion that we are going to win the title. But on any given day, anyone can win. I told them, ‘If you’re not working on your games, the enemy is getting stronger.’ As far as I’m concerned, we’re going to work really hard at it.”



DIVISION 2 REGIONAL

(at Birmingham Groves)

TEAM SCORES — Birmingham Seaholm 22, Birmingham Marian 17, Birmingham Groves 8, Berkley 4, Royal Oak 4, Avondale 0, Southfield 0

CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES — Labina Petrovska (BS) d. Ivona Gorgioski (RO) 6-1, 6-1; Lauren Frazier (BS) d. Breann Lunghamer (BM) 6-2, 6-1; Claire Markley (BS) d. Catherine Yaldoo (BM) 6-2, 6-1; Rachel Fenberg (BS) d. Sophia Balardo (BM) 6-2, 6-4

CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES — Tatyanna Dadabbo-Bianca Emde (BM) d. Jackie Meier-Laine Boitos (BS) 6-2, 7-6; Mollie MacEachern-McKenna Landis (BM) d. Sam Lareau-Caity Buechner (BS) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0; Emily McDermott-Meaghan Flynn (BS) d. Caroline Cibulas-Mallory Hudson (BM) 6-3, 6-4; Sophie Dixon-Lisa Johnston (BS) d. Marta Colosimo-Katie Champion (BM) 6-3, 6-3

Last Updated: 5/19/2014 12:44:35 PM EST

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