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It might be hard to find a closer match than what the Chelsea and Ann Arbor Huron girls’ tennis teams played Saturday.

The Bulldogs entered the match ranked fourth in Division 3 and while Huron is not state ranked, the River Rats are still a force with their lone league loss coming to second-ranked Ann Arbor Pioneer.

Four of the eight flights went to third set tiebreakers and a fifth flight did not go to a tiebreaker but was two very close sets.

Chelsea won three of the four tiebreaker matches and pulled out the close two set match and that was the difference as the Bulldogs escaped with a 5-3 win over Huron.

Huron earned wins at one and four singles and the Bulldogs four doubles team of Sage Gabriel-Menegay and Brooklyn Angel had an easy 6-0, 6-1 win for a 2-1 Huron lead.

The other five flights were dogfights until the end.

Meghan Bareis and Haley Hopkins won a tough 7-5, 6-4 match at one doubles to tie the match at 2-2 and the other four flights went to tiebreakers.

Lucy Taylor and Brenna Taylor lost their first set at two doubles 4-6 but battled back to take the second 6-4 to send it to a first to 10 third set tiebreaker, The third set was a battle and the Taylor’s pulled out a 10-7 win to take the match.

Samantha Bieber won her two singles first set 6-4 but dropped the second 1-6 to go to a third. It was another intense third set that Bieber pulled out a 10-7 win to take the match 2-1.

Josie Jackson easily won her first set 6-0 but stumbled in the second 4-6 to force a third. Jackson bounced back to take the tiebreaker 10-3 for the win.

The lone tiebreaker loss for Chelsea came at three doubles where Ellie Kuck and Libby Timberlake fell 4-6, 6-3, 4-10.

The Bulldogs had a second match Saturday and cruised to an 8-0 win over Brownstown-Woodhaven.

No flight lost more than five games in their two set sweeps.

Singles wins went to Anne-Marie Begola 6-1, 6-0, Bieber 6-0, 6-0, Jackson 6-0, 6-0, and Cyprus, Gabriel-Menegay 7-5, 6-0.

Doubles wins went to Bareis-Hopkins 6-0, 6-1, Taylor-Taylor 6-0, 6-0, Kuck-Timberlake 6-1, 6-1, and Sage Gabriel-Menegay-Angel 6-0, 6-0.

The Bulldogs swept Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 8-0 earlier in the week.

Cyprus- Gabriel-Menegay had the closest match of the day with a 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 tiebreaking win at four singles.

Begola, Bieber, and Jackson all cruised to easy singles wins, while the doubles teams of Bareis-Hopkins, Taylor-Taylor, Kuck-Timberlake, and Sage Gabriel-Menegay and Angel all won easily.

The Chelsea girls modified team is on the verge of clinching the SEC White title after two wins last week.

The modified team is made up of mostly underclassmen and that hasn’t stopped the young squad from moving closer to the league title.

The young Bulldogs swept through Adrian and Tecumseh with 8-0 wins to move to 4-0 in the SEC White and need a win over Pinckney this week to clinch the title.

Nora Garbarkiewicz rallied for an epic three-set tiebreaking win 2-6, 7-6, 12-10 at one singles for the Bulldogs against Adrian.

Also picking up singles wins were Seffi Berg 6-1, 6-0, Amelia Baker 7-6, 6-2, and Lilly Snyder 7-6, 6-1.

Doubles wins went to Isabella Moser-Neve Rodriguez 6-2, 6-1, Elizabeth McGuire-Sara Martin 6-3, 6-3, Natalie Boos-Megan Brown 6-1, 6-1, and Kassidy Grossman-Elizabeth Lane 6-3, 6-3.

The Bulldogs then cruise past Tecumseh.

Garbarkiewicz, Berg, Baker, and Snyder all earned singles victories, while doubles wins went to Moser-Rodriguez, McGuire-Martin, Boos-Brown, and Grossman-Lane.

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