Picture by Laura Hoehn
Behind the strength of a pair of Regional doubles titles, the Dexter boys’ tennis team qualified for the Divison 2 State Finals at the University of Michigan October 18-19.
The Dreadnaughts finished in third place, earning enough points to qualify for the finals.
Justin Hoehn and Ryan O’rear teamed to win the three-doubles title. They opened with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Lansing Waverly and then battled through a tough second-round match, beating East Lansing 7-5, 6-4 to reach the championship. The Finals saw them takedown South Lyon 6-3, 6-3 to claim the title.
Simon Kim and Jake Kapusanky teamed to win the two-doubles title. They took down teams from South Lyon East, South Lyon, and East Lansing to take the crown.
Picking up one win each for the Dreadnaughts were Nathan Kangas/Nate Knieseadt at one-doubles, Allen Labadie/Nate Guinta at four-doubles, Jackson Durant at four-singles, Dane Wiegers three-singles, and Jared Enciso two-singles.
“The team really came together Thursday. I was so pleased with the boys’ effort as well as the overall team spirit and support,” Coach Robert Smothers said. “My boys set a goal to make States at the beginning of the season, and it was great to see their goals reached. They worked really hard to achieve that goal, and it is an amazing feeling. We are looking forward to a great week of practice in preparation to make an impact at the State Finals meet.”