Three first-time champions highlight Michigan high school boys tennis state finals as they take part in three championships

Three first-time champions highlight Michigan high school boys tennis state finals as they take part ...

Michigan high school boys tennis players battled for statewide supremacy this weekend, while also dealing with Mother Nature's curveballs, as torrential rains and thunderstorms disrupted many state finals.

There were plenty of highlight-reel-worthy performances and marathon matches that determined this years state champions once the action began.

Below is a summary of how each state finals competition ran and who took home trophies over the weekend.


The Troy boys tennis team won its first-ever team state championship at the Division 1 state finals against Kalamazoo College, as the Colts collected 30 points to edge Bloomfield Hills by four points. The Black Hawks finished second overall with 26 points, while Northville was third with 23 points; Novi was fourth with 21 points and Ann Arbor Pioneer was fifth with 17 points.

Sachiv Kumar of Northville won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) marathon victory over Clay Anderson of Rochester. Kumar defeated Noah Roslin of Bloomfield Hills 6-7(6), 6-0, 7-5, in the semifinals, to reach the singles championship match.

Daniel Stojanov of Bloomfield Hills defeated Derek Blackwell of Troy in the No. 2 singles championship match, while Pierce Shaya defeated Noah Vogel of Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-1, 6-0 in No3. Sophomore Aaron Rose kept the momentum going for the Black Hawks as he defeated second-seeded Haresh Anand in the No. 4 singles title match by scores of 6-2, 6-3.

Quinn Cassar and Aditya Pundhir of Northville won the No. 1 doubles title by scores of 1-6, 7-5, and 7-6 (3) over Andrew Wang and Nikhil Tatineni of Troy.

Troys Aryan Gupta and Srihari Ananthalwan secured the No. 2 doubles title with a 2-6, 7-5, 5-7 victory over Sam Brockhaus and Joe Turkot of Birmingham Brother Rice, while Pranav Bellad and Zach Saab added oblique Nos. 3 double title for the Colts with an 4-6, 6-1, 3-1 victory against Hassan Hejazi and Eric Heng of Ann Arbor Huron.

Dominic Pascarela and Ethan Endelman of Bloomfield Hills won the No. 4 doubles title with wins over Rohit Saripelle and Nikhil Daniel of Novi High School 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.




After finishing third on five occasions in the past, the Birmingham Groves tennis team won its first state title.

The Falcons put up 27 points to beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, the division 2 champion, by one point. Okemos, last years Division 1 state champion, moved to Division 2 this season and finished tied for third place with Midland Dow with 20 team points.

Ethan Portnoy of Okemos claimed the No. 1 singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nolen Kovan of Groves.

Owen Goodrich of Forest Hills Northern defeated George Fan of Okemos 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to claim the No. 2 singles title, while Michael Liss of Groves claimed the no. 3 single title with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Will Seymour of U-of-D Jesuit.

Suchir Nagisetty of Okemos claimed the No. 4 singles title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Andrew Williams of Mattawan.

Blake Discher and Alex Prather of Grosse Pointe South defeated Thomas Ladwein and Aaron Li of Midland Dow by scores of 6-4, 6-3 to claim the No. 1 doubles title, while Aaryan Singh and Anderson Halland of Forest Hills Northern defeated Dylan Wolf and Alexandras Abarius of Birmingham Groves by a score of 6-1, 6-3 in the no. 2 double's championship match.

Sam Owens and Stephen Cibulas of U-D Jesuit defeated Andrew Weitzman and Gabe Klein of Groves by scores of 7-5, 7-6(2) in the No. 3 doubles match, while Alex George and Alex Lewis of Birmingham Seaholm defeated Kyle Wang and Joey Lamberg of Forest Hills Northern by score of 6-2, 6-3 to claim the title.




There were no new champions at the Division 3 state finals this weekend at Midland Tennis Center, as blue-blood programs like Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, Ann Arbor Greenhills, and Detroit Country Day fought for the team state title.

Cranbrook Kingswood, the defending champion, took home 32 points to defeat Country Day (27 points), Greenhills (25 points) and Grand Rapids Christian (18 points).

Cranbrook, despite being strong in singles and doubles, won the 2020 championship, beating both Greenhills as well as Country Day. Cranbrook secured the win with 32 points, while DCD had 27. Greenhills ranked third with 25.

Met Oral of Ann Arbor Greenhills won his third consecutive No. 1 singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Owen Demuth of Cranbrook Kingswood in the championship match, while Rishi Verma claimed the No 2 single's crown with an 7-6, 1-1, 7-7-6(4) victory against Ian Pinnoo of St. Clair.

Chakor Rajendra defeated Patrick Tiwari of Cranbrook Kingswood in the No. 3 singles by scores of 6-3, 6-0. Caden Che of Cranbrook Kingswood changed the script at No. 4 singles when he defeated Kabir Rajendra of Ann Arbor Greenhills by scores of 6-4, 6-5 (RET) in the championship match.

Alex Pollak and Petros Kalabat of Detroit Country Day won the No. 1 doubles title with a 6-4, 6-5 (RET) victory over Tanner Warners and Dream Kwon of Grand Rapids Christian, while Jacob Coburn and Sebs Taubman of Cranbrook Kingswood defeated Aiden Khagany and Clay Hartje of Michigan CountryDay by scores of 6-3, 6-7(4), and 6-2 to claim the no. 2 double's crown.

Ryan Michaels and Andrew Fink of Cranbrook Kingswood defeated Sam Van Schepen and Ethan DeBlecourt of Grand Rapids Christian by scores of 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to win the No. 3 doubles title, while Ramzi Nassif and Aayush Dagar of Detroit Country Day claimed the no. 4 double title with a 5-7, 7-5, 6--1 victory over Aryan Tiwari and Praneel Pillarisetty of Windsor Kingsway.




Traverse City St. Francis claimed its first-ever team state title this weekend, beating defending state champion Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (27 points) and Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (19 points).

Andrew Solarewicz of Grand Rapids West Catholic won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sebastian Courtright of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. Tristan Bonanni of Traverse City St. Francis defeated George Anusbigian of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in a 6-4, 6-1 victory to claim the No. 2 singles title.

Owen Jackson of Traverse City St. Francis kept the momentum going with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gerry Sherer of University Liggett in the No. 3 singles championship match, while teammate Chris Bobrowski added another title at No 4 single with an 6-3, 7-6(4) victory against Ben Timmermans of Hudsonville Unity Christian.

Cody Richards and Ben Schmude of Traverse City St. Francis won 6-1, 6-2 over Chase Berends, Dan Nymeyer, and Dany Nymes, both of Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian, to claim the No. 1 doubles title.

The Gladiators won another title at No. 2 doubles when Jack Britten and Anthony Spranger defeated Carter Poquette and Joshua Blount of Northpointe Christian 6-4, 6-3, and a title in No 3 double with Charlie King and Derek Berta coming away with 3-6, 6-1, 2-6 victories over Conrad Eichbauer and Cole Muenzer of Allegan.

Caleb Velting and Ben Setlock of NorthPointe Christian won the No. 4 doubles title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Cam Dykstra and Cory Mitchell of Hudsonville Unity Christian in the championship match.




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