The Michigan high school boys tennis season came to its grand finale this weekend, as the best players in the state battled against each other and abnormally strong winds in an effort to bring home team and individual state championships.
There were plenty of highlight-reel-worthy performances and marathon matches that determined this year’s state champions, so lets’ take a deeper dive into how each tournament played out and who brought home trophies this past weekend.
The top-ranked Bloomfield Hills tennis team leaned on its depth to come away with its third state championship in six seasons after finishing runner-up to Troy in 2021. The Blackhawks won five of eight flights, including two singles flight titles and three doubles flight titles to score 35 team points.
Northville finished runner-up with 25 points, followed by Troy with 24.
Sachiv Numar of Northville won his second straight individual state championship at No. 1 singles, as the No. 2-seeded standout defeated top-seeded Clayton Anderson of Rochester 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. Also repeating as state champion was Daniel Stojanov of Bloomfield Hills, who defeated No. 2 seed Patrick Cretu of Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles championship match.
Alec Maynard of Detroit Catholic Central defeated Aaron Rose of Bloomfield Hills 6-2, 6-4 to win the No. 3 singles state title, while Connor Shaya of Bloomfield Hills defeated Dhruv Gupta of Troy 6-2, 6-3 to capture the No. 4 singles title and his second consecutive title after winning the No. 3 singles title last fall.
The Bloomfield Hills duo of Pierce Shaya and Merrick Chernett defeated top-seed Srihari Ananthalwan and Rushil Kagithala of Troy 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to win the No. 1 doubles crown, while teammates Michael Dillon and Ryan Rose won the No. 2 doubles title with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 win over Derrick Kim and Nish Palepu of Troy.
Warren Gunnar and Hassan Hejazi of Ann Arbor Huron brought home the No. 3 doubles state title as the No. 3 seed in the bracket, as they knocked off the top-seeded duo of Drew Davis and Toni Vasile of Bloomfield Hills by scores of 6 -3, 6-3. At No. 4 doubles, the top-seeded duo of Kierth Lingam and Dominic Pascarella of Bloomfield Hills prevailed over No. 2 seed Varun Varre and Brian Zhang of Northville 7-6, 6-1.
The No. 1 team in Division 2 lived up its billing at the Division 2 state finals, as the Midland Dow boys tennis program picked up its seventh state championship under head coach Terry Schwartzkopf.
The Chargers tallied 32 points to secure the team state championship, while Forest Hills Northern finished runner-up with 27 points, followed by Birmingham Seaholm in third with 22 points.
Connor Stafford of Grosse Pointe South defeated Sammy Yin of Forest Hills Central 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to claim the No. 1 singles state championship, while Aaron Li of Midland Dow defeated Karan Deol of Forest Hills Northern 1-6 , 6-2, 6-1 to bring home the No. 2 singles state title.
Nolan Ackerman of Mattawan claimed the No. 3 singles state title with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Logan Yu of Midland Dow. Top-seeded Nimai Patel of Midland Dow won the No. 4 singles state title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Sebastian Madlangbayan of Forest Hills Northern.
The Birmingham Seaholm duo of Alex Lewis and Zane Chutkow took home the No. 1 doubles state title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 5 seed Dylan Wolf and Jake Rosenwasser of Birmingham Groves. The top-seeded duo of Roofy Elsaadany and Aiden Tanis of Midland Dow won the No. 2 doubles state title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kyle Wang and Sam Deroos of Forest Hills Northern.
The No. 2 seed duo of Kyle Cornell and Tanay Shenoy of Forest Hills Northern defeated Vishagen Karthikeyan and Shubhan Nagarkar of Midland Dow by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 3 doubles state championship match, while the top-seeded duo of Ricky Sparby and Nick Kelley of Birmingham Seaholm defeated Jackson Walker and Matthew Christopher of Forest Hills Northern by scores of 6-4, 6-4.
The Ann Arbor Greenhills boys tennis team has been considered by many to be one of the top programs in the state over the past five years and they put some results behind that claim Saturday, as the Gryphons tallied 35 points to win its second state title in four years.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood finished runner-up with 33 points, followed by Detroit Country Day in third with 23 points.
Owen DeMuth of Cranbrook Kingswood defeated Chakor Rajendra of Ann Arbor Greenhills 6-1, 6-4 to claim the No. 1 singles state title after finishing runner-up in the previous two seasons. Rishi Vermaof Ann Arbor Greenhills won his second consecutive No. 2 singles state title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ian Pinnoo of St. Clair.
Clay Hartje of Detroit Country Day brought home the No. 3 singles title with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Kabir Rajendra of Ann Arbor Greenhills, while Amaan Khan of Cranbrook-Kingswood defeated Julien Korner of Chelsea by a score of 6-2, 6-2 to claim the No. 4 singles state title.
The No. 2-seeded duo of Andrew Fink and Jace Bernard of Cranbrook-Kingswood defeated top-seeded Mustafa Zirapury and Alex Ye of Ann Arbor Greenhills 6-3, 7-5 to claim the No. 1 doubles state title, while Ismael Metwally and Lucas Nor of Ann Arbor Greenhills won the No. 2 doubles crown with a thrilling 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2) win over Aryan Tiwari and Evan Foltyn of Cranbrook-Kingswood.
Top-seeded Arjun Prabhakar and Dylan Carvette of Ann Arbor Greenhills defeated Eli Foltyn and Ketan Swami of Cranbrook-Kingswood 6-4, 6-2 to win the No. 3 doubles state title, while teammates Charles Branch and Ajay Purohit followed suit with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kevin Guo and Eric Wang of Cranbrook-Kingswood.
After finishing runner-up to Traverse City St. Francis at last year’s state finals tournament, the Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett boys tennis team was motivated to turn the tide this fall. The Knights did just that, as they tallied 30 points to claim their second team state title in three seasons and fourth in seven years.
Hudsonville Unity Christian finished runner-up with 27 points, while defending champion Traverse City St. Francis was third with 22 points.
Top-seeded freshman standout Simon Caldwell of Grand Rapids West Catholic took home the No. 1 singles state title with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Sebastian Courtright of University Liggett, while Owen Jackson of Traverse City St. Francis rolled to the No. 2 singles state title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Levi Yaffey of Grand Rapids South Christian.
Micah Riddering of Hudsonville Unity Christian won the No. 3 singles state title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over top-seeded Chris Bobrowski of Traverse City St. Francis, while Charlie Cooksey of University Liggett upended top-seeded Jackson Morrie of Allegan 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles state championship match.
The No. 4-seeded duo of Campbell Marchal and Tommy Ugval from University Liggett knocked off Jacob Lanning and Will Anama of Hudsonville Unity Christian in the No. 1 doubles state title match by scores of 7-5, 6-1.
The upsets extended to No. 2 doubles, where the No. 5-seeded duo of Andrew Miller and Dominic Hop of Hudsonville Unity Christian upset No. 2 seed Neil Murphy and Luca Marciano of University Liggett with a thrilling 1-6, 6-3 , 7-6 (3) win.
The top-seeded duo of Steve Wheatley and Griffin Marchal of University Liggett rolled to the No. 3 doubles state title, as they defeated Carson Poole and David Ansley of Traverse City St. Francis 6-3, 6-0. The No. 2-seeded duo of Elijah Haynes and Ari Ziska of Big Rapids claimed the No. 4 doubles state title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over top-seeded Ryan King and Niko Cooksey of University Liggett.
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