The Skyline men’s tennis team advanced to the MHSAA State tournament for the first time in school history and placed seventh out of 24 teams a the event held in Midland this weekend.
The Eagles saw three of their singles players and all four doubles teams win their first round matches to advance in the tourney.
In the singles matches, Jason Kerst defeated Jalen Evans from Kalamazoo Central 7-6(2), 6-1, Fajr Najib defeated Matt Leitz of Utica Eisenhower 6-2, 6-1, and Rahul Gupta received a first round bye and advanced to the quarter finals by defeating Isaac Piecuch of Grosse Pte South 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles action, Nathan Grosh and Kazuki Mutsuro defeated Jacob Rumschlag and Tyler Bogdanski from Romeo 6-1, 6-0, Alex Kaldjian and Luke Cheng defeated Victor Flynn and Patrick Dietz of Grosse Pointe South in three sets 2-6, 7-6(8), 7-5, and Vishnu Kannan and Kai McKenney defeated Jacob Fulsher and Jon Miller from Romeo 6-0, 6-1.
Skyline’s #3 Doubles Team of Ryan Franke and Preston Horvath posted a victory over Mit Patel and Aditya Vemulapati from Livonia Churchill 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated 5th seeded Ben Crabill and Veer Shah from Northville 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the quarter final round!
“This has been a huge accomplishment for our program”, said head coach Robbie Risdon. “Our kids have come a long way in a short period of time. We’ve made constant improvement since the beginning of the season. These young men have worked hard from the first day of practice last August and the results of their effort are evident. I couldn’t be happier for them”
Congratulations to all of the Skyline players and to Coach Robbie Risdon on a great season!