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TENNIS: Trenton is tops at News-Herald tournament (PHOTOS)
Quinn Preston and his No. 1 doubles partner, Michael Kinney, provided one of the two individual Trenton championships at the News-Herald Tennis Invitational. No. 3 singles player Parker Dukus was the other. Trenton won the all-area title by a single point over Carlson and by two over both Grosse Ile and Roosevelt. Photos by Dave Chapman
Grosse Ile's Tommy Daly was the News-Herald "Top Gun" for the second straight year.
Trenton's Michael Kinney; a champ at No. 1 doubles
Roosevelt's Connor Vellmure was runner-up at No. 1
It took an extra two days, but The News-Herald “A” Invitational wrapped up Monday with Trenton as this year’s champion.
Play among the eight teams began Saturday, and was scheduled to be completed by day’s end, but rain ultimately forced a suspension due to darkness and the tournament had to be finished Monday.
The battle for the title was close between the top four teams, but the Trojans’ 16 points were just enough to edge out Carlson (15), Grosse Ile (14) and Roosevelt (14). Rounding out the bottom four squads were Riverview (11), Woodhaven (11) Dearborn (10) and Richard (2).
Trenton won just two flight championships at the invitational, with gold medals at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles, but along the way took at least one match in every other flight.
Trojans Coach Rich Menzel said his squad always continued battling throughout the competition, despite any adversity it faced.
“They fought hard and whatever happened, happened,” Menzel said. “We played pretty well. We lost a few tiebreakers early on, but we came back strong in the end.”
In the No. 1 singles championship, Grosse Ile’s Tom Daly beat Wyandotte’s Connor Vellmure 6-3, 6-2. Daly took the No.1 singles title last year.
For the No. 2 singles crown, Richards’s Will Gajda knocked off Trenton’s Justin Dunn 6-2, 6-0.
The gold medal for No. 3 singles went to Trenton’s Parker Dukus, who beat Carlson’s Aaron Herman 6-2, 7-5.
The No. 4 singles champ was Riverview’s Jake St. Andre, as he beat Carlson’s Nathan Gregory 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles play, the No. 1 doubles title went to Trenton’s Quinn Preston and Michael Kinney, with a 6-1, 6-2 win against the Dearborn team of Nick Hadley and Eric Sorenson.
For the No. 2 doubles gold medal, Carlson’s Joey Carrer and Alexander Montry beat Roosevelt’s Evan Vellmure and Matt Calhoun 6-0, 7-5.
At No. 3 doubles, Carlson’s Nate Skurtovich and Patrick Hesson beat Grosse Ile’s Neil Smorch and Jason Kopp 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 for the gold.
The No. 4 doubles championship went to Carlson’s Andrew Cossins and Jay Morningstar, as the duo beat Woodhaven’s Kyle Moran and Connor MacDonell 6-3, 6-3.
Third-place finishes were earned by Richard’s Jon Rhind at No. 1 singles, Grosse Ile’s Adam Kopp at No. 2 singles, Dearborn’s David Carlson at No. 3 singles and Grosse Ile’s Andrew Bozinski at No. 4 singles.
In doubles action, third-place went to Woodhaven’s No. 1 doubles team of Matt Dee and Corbin Desjardins, Riverview’s Nolan Rochan and his partner at No. 2 doubles, Roosevelt’s Tyler Stepaniak and Jacob Theisen at No. 3 doubles and Grosse Ile’s No. 4 doubles team of Kevin Kuhn and Tyler Yezman.
Last Updated: 9/10/2013 2:32:53 PM EST