A team has to be good from top to bottom to win a regional tennis championship.
The Norse were dominant in last week’s Division 4 regional tournament at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, winning championships in six of the eight flights and capturing the team championship.
North Muskegon now advances to the Division 4 state finals June 3-4 at Kalamazoo College.
Brittany Bailey won the No. 1 singles title for North Muskegon while Lauren Golden won the No. 4 singles championship.
Paige Twining finished runner-up in No. 2 singles while Isabella Hardman was runner-up in No. 3 singles.
The Norse were dominant in doubles competition, winning all four flights. The winners were Mary Hoopes and Molly Huisingh (No. 1 doubles), Tess Wilson and Lindsay Bliss (No. 2 doubles), Madeline Huisingh and Lauren Bliss (No. 3 doubles) and Hayden Dobb and Hannah Knight (No. 4 doubles).
“From the bottom up, these ladies are tenacious and gracious with the understanding that this is truly a team sport – it’s about winning and losing together,” said North Muskegon Coach Anne Tyson.
“Several players are in different positions than in years past, but it has proven to be a winning composition.”
In the Division 3 tournament at Ferris State University, Fruitport, Ludington, and Whitehall all advanced to the state finals after finishing among the top four teams.
For Fruitport, Alicia Winter won the No. 1 singles championship while Trinity Busscher won the No. 4 singles championship.
Fruitport’s Rebekah Busscher was the runner-up in No. 2 singles and Kaitlyn Labash was the runner-up in No. 3 singles.
Ludington captured three regional championships in doubles.
Claire Flewelling and Julia Maltbie won No. 1 doubles, Megan Scott and Emily Markham won No. 2 doubles, and Erin Maltbie and Lilie Cunic won No. 3 doubles.
Ludington’s Lindsey Holmes was the runner-up in No. 4 singles.
Whitehall had a singles champion – Vanessa Heylmun – who won the second flight title. Elle Bachelder and Gabrielle Hepler were No. 4 doubles champions for the Vikings.
Whitehall’s Rhianna Sheesley and Brooke Sheesley were runners-up in No. 2 doubles while Sam Ketchum and Brooke Bachelder were runners-up in No. 3 doubles.
The Division 3 state finals will be in Holland June 3-4.