Chelsea Girls’ Tennis Seventh at State Finals





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Carli Martin became just the second girls’ tennis player in school history to make it to the state semifinals. Picture by Mike Williamson

The Chelsea girls’ tennis team competed at the Division 3 state finals in Holland Saturday and came home with a seventh-place finish and ten points. Both the finish and points tied records for the best in program history.

The Bulldogs won six of eight first-round matches, a best for the program.

The highlight of the tournament was Carli Martin advancing to the semifinals in four singles.

It was just the second time in school history that the Bulldogs had someone advance to the semis. The first was Jordan Jacobs and Sam Jabara in three doubles in 2013.

Martin knocked off the #6 seed from Allegan 6-3, 6-3 in her first match and then defeated the #3 seed from Cranbrook 6-3, 6-2. She faced the #2 seed from Forest Hills Eastern in the semis. The matchup was between two players with similar styles, but Martin could not overcome the FHE players drop shot and came up short 6-2, 6-0.

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs picked up wins in on and two doubles.

Morgan Moore and Kendall Tucker won their first match 6-1, 6-1 at one doubles and the team of Maddie Pedlow and Julia Schachinger won 6-1, 6-0 at two doubles.

Madelynn O’Hara and Maddisen Chinavare won 6-3, 6-1 at three doubles, while Gretchen Kuras and Corrine Dale won 6-3, 6-3 at four doubles.

Emma Catalina won her first-round match at three singles 6-2, 6-2.

While everyone dropped their second-round matches, they still gave some scares to some strong opponents.

Kelsie Weinrich (1 singles) and Kyra Ban Batavia (2 singles) dropped their first-round matches against some very strong opposition.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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