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Marian knocks off Seaholm in battle of state's top two teams in D2 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Evidently the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches' Association has it right.

At least at this point in the season.

Birmingham Marian, the No. 1 ranked team in the first MHSTeCA Division 2 state rankings, knocked off No. 2 Birmingham Seaholm 6-2 Monday afternoon in what will be the first of three meetings between the two division heavyweights.

"It shows that we can compete with the two-time defending state champions," Marian head coach Lincoln Wirgau said. "We were focused and battled back in a couple big matches today."

Marian bounced back after dropping the first set at both No. 1 and No. 3 singles. Sophomore Korrin Dering lost her first set to Seaholm freshman Madison Daminato at 1-singles. But she bounced back to win the next two sets, dropping just three games in the process. Her 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win set the state for a Mustang sweep in singles.

Senior Caroline Cibulas did the same. After dropping her first set to Seaholm's Jessica Morganroth, 6-4, she stormed back to win the next two, 6-0, 6-1.

Seniors Breann Lunghamer and Sophie Balardo each picked up straight-set victories and 2- and 4-singles for Wirgau's squad.

The two teams split the four doubles matchups. Seaholm's Caity Buechner and Meaghan Flynn edged Marian's McKenna Landis and Regan Patterson, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) at 1-doubles. The Maples also picked up a win at 4-doubles, as Alex Wineman and Emma Latessa defeated Sophie Groves and Christina Serra, 6-4, 6-1.

"This was a great test for our team," Seaholm coach Casey Cullen said. "We will continue to grow from these types of challenges and we will be tougher for it."

Marian secured the team victory with wins at 2-3 doubles. Seniors Melanie Roma and Shannon Flynn defeated Seaholm's Sam Lareau and Emily McDermott, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in perhaps the tightest match of the day at No. 2 doubles. And Mallory Granata and Jacqueline Hamill topped Ellie Benson and Catherine Markley 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.

"We need to continue to get both physically and mentally stronger as the season goes on," Wirgau said. "It was a great team win, but tomorrow we have to move on and get better."


SINGLES - Korrin Dering (BM) d. Madison Daminato 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Breann Lunghamer (BM) d. Lisa Johnston 6-2, 6-3; Caroline Cibulas (BM) d. Jessica Morganroth 4-6, 6-0, 6-1; Sophie Balardo (BM) d. Lea Cazaudumec 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES - Caity Buechner-Meaghan Flynn (BS) d. McKenna Landis-Regan Patterson 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5); Melanie Roma-Shannon Flynn (BM) d. Sam Lareau-Emily McDermott 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Mallory Granata-Jacqueline Hamill (BM) d. Ellie Benson-Catherine Markley 6-3, 6-4; Alex Wineman-Emma Latessa (BS) d. Sophie Groves-Christina Serra 6-4, 6-1

Last Updated: 4/18/2016 10:39:33 PM EST

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