FHS netters fall against TVC's better teams
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ tennis team competed in five matches last week, taking on some of the top league teams.
The result was a tough week of action as the Eagle netters posted a 1-4 record against the Tri-Valley Conference schools.
FHS Coach John Friend said despite the losses, it wasn’t for a lack of effort by the players.
The Eagles first took on perennial powers Chesaning and Essexville Garber on September 21. Both of those teams, along with ‘Muth, qualified for the MHSAA Division 4 state finals last season.
𠇊ll three coaching staffs recognized that this was the day that would most likely determine the TVC champion for 2015,” Friend noted.
Of the eight flights played against each team, the Eagles could only muster one flight win as No. 4 doubles partners Sam Neirink and Carter VanHine beat Chesaning in straight sets.
“Garber has been the top TVC boys’ team for a number of years. They had many experienced players and it showed,” Friend said. 𠇌hesaning was just slightly better than us across the flights. Some days you just come up short and today was our day.”
On September 23, FHS traveled to Sandusky with two match scores on the line. First was completing the rain-delayed match from earlier this season, followed by the regularly-scheduled match.
Frankenmuth lost the rain-delayed contest, 5-3, and dropped match two, 6-2. Flight winners for the Eagles include No. 2 singles Josh Haubenstricker and No. 4 singles Kenton Hoffmann. FHS will not see Sandusky again this season as they will compete in a different division for the MHSAA post season.
On September 24, Caro visited Frankenmuth and the red and gray earned a 5-3 triumph. No. 1 singles player Carson Waites, No. 2 Haubenstricker and No. 3 Troy Zehnder all won very competitive matches. Caro forfeited their No. 4 doubles match, due to lack of players.
The match highlight was the freshmen brother combination of Carter and Conner VanHine, who won a dramatic No. 3 doubles set to secure the win for Frankenmuth. The VanHines dropped the first match in a tie break, 7-6, (7-5), won the second set, 6-2, and forced a third set. Behind 5-4, the boys rattled off three consecutive game victories to win 7-5.
rter and Conner were up against two seniors who were getting a lot of easy, put-away net points. They changed their approach and started to go across court and along the sidelines with their shots. That really changed the tempo of the match,” FHS Assistant Coach Bill Coulter said. 𠇊t the end, they just clamped down and closed it out. It was fun to watch and I think it will be a match to remember.”
The varsity netters welcomed Class A Bay City Central yesterday (September 29), travel to Davison today (September 30) and will entertain Ann Arbor Rudolph Steiner for a 4:30pm match on Friday, October 2.
The overall TVC Tournament is set for 8am Monday, October 5, at the Midland Community Tennis Center.
The MHSAA Division 4 Regional No. 31 will be hosted by Garber, beginning at 8:30am Friday, October 9. Caro, Cass City, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Garber, Hemlock, Midland Bullock Creek, Mount Morris, Saginaw and Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central will make up the field.
Kalamazoo College will host the D-4 state finals on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17.