KALAMAZOO – The North Muskegon girls tennis team finished in 11th place at the MHSAA Division 4 state finals.

The Norse posted 10 team points. Ann Arbor Greenhills ran away with the state title with 37 points. Greenhills had six state champions among the eight flights.

“The girls battled through 90-plus degree temperatures all day Friday against the best teams in the state and proved how tough they were mentally and physically,” said North Muskegon coach Cody Liverance. “Although we didn’t score as well as we hoped we would coming in, I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of this group.”

Fia Lindsay made it to the semifinal round at No. 2 singles while Marilyn Gaston and Francine Vinson went to the quarterfinals at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

The tandem of Ella Tarrant and Anna Toebe advanced to the quarterfinals at No. 1 doubles.

Despite the 11th-place finish, the Norse left their own mark on the tournament.

“I had numerous people, including the tournament director and multiple line judges, compliment our girls on their sportsmanship, attitude, and overall demeanor compared to other schools in attendance,” said Liverance. “It made me pretty emotional hearing people who’ve never met our kids before say that based on a first impression of them as people and competitors.”

North Muskegon results

No. 1 Singles

Round of 32

Marilyn Gaston def. Rylee Lewis (Ovid-Elsie) 6-1, 6-2

Round of 16

Marilyn Gaston def. Cienna Maristela (Warren Regina) 6-2, 6-1


Maddie Morgan (Ann Arbor Greenhills) def. Marilyn Gaston 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 Singles

Round of 16

Fia Lindsay def. Alexandra Larrea (Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett) 6-3, 6-1


Fia Lindsay def. Amelia Verbrugge (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) 6-1, 6-3


Shangyang Xia (Ann Arbor Greenhills) def. Fia Lindsay 6-1, 6-2

No. 3 Singles

Round of 16

Francine Vinson def. Claudia Haouilou (Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)


Kenna Trost (Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard) def. Francine Vinson 6-2, 6-0

No. 4 Singles

Round of 16

Kathryn Berg (Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart) def. Allie Sanocki 7-5, 6-3

No. 1 Doubles

Round of 16

Ella Tarrant/Anna Toebe def. Audrey Hirschman/Caroline Shaheen (Saginaw Nouvel) 6-1, 6-4


Brenna Cavanaugh/Elizabeth Harris (Wixom St. Catherine) def. Ella Tarrant/Anna Toebe 6-4, 6-2

No. 2 Doubles

Round of 16

Dani Holden/Tessa Hullinger (Niles Brandywine) def. August Carefelle/Jaci Patrick 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 Doubles

Round of 32

Claudina Dilegge/Katherine Regnerus (Warren Regina) def. Sage Brewer/Emmi VanWyck 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

No. 4 Doubles

Round of 32

Hannah Ripple/Jasmine Rottman def. Lou Grablick/Jacey Morgan (Frankenmuth) 7-5, 6-1

Round of 16

Ava Anderson/Willow Evans (Ovid-Elsie) def. Hannah Ripple/Jasmine Rottman 6-4, 1-6, 6-3