MIDLAND – Carman-Ainsworth will take a young team into the Div. 1 tennis regional today and it’s a loaded one that includes No. 1-ranked Midland Dow and No. 8-ranked Traverse City Central. The winner and runner up at No. 1 Singles automatically advances to the state meet. Teams have to win, place second or earn the 18 points to move on.
The Lady Cavs got a pretty good feel of the competition in the regional when they faced off at the Saginaw Valley League meet at Midland on Thursday. Dow won the league title, Heritage was second and Flint Powers third. Carman- Ainsworth was fifth, Davison was sixth, and Lapeer was 10th.
Grand Blanc is another strong contender. The Lady Bobcats already won the Kensington Lakes Activities Association-West title and with its win over Walled Lake Western on Tuesday clinched the KLAA Lakes Conference title last week. Grand Ledge, Holt, Midland Dow, host Heritage and Traverse City Central are also in this regional.
Carman-Ainsworth’s lineup includes veteran and senior, J’lynn Corder at No. 1 Singles, Megan Speaks at No. 2, D’maya Mason at No. 3 and Dorothy Dollinger at No. 4. Corder and Dollinger have both had tremendous seasons leading the young squad. The doubles tandems include Katie Speaks/ Mary Dollinger at No. 1, Izza Ahmed Ghani/Dymond Hampton at No. 2, Chelsea Latchaw/Megan Thomas at No. 3 and Laiya White/Alex Rhinebolt at No. 4. Speaks/Dollinger have also been key in earning Carman-Ainsworth points this season.
Corder drew Grand Ledge to open her quest at No. 1 Singles, then will face No. 1 seed Midland Dow if she wins. Megan Speaks drew Traverse City West at No. 2 and will have to get past No. 2 seed Grand Blanc if she moves on. D’maya Mason drew familiar foe Samantha Hair of Davison at No. 3 and the winner faces No. 1 seed Dow in the next round. At No. 4, Dorothy Dollinger drew Grand Ledge and then will have to face No. 3 seed Traverse City Central if she wins.
In doubles, Katie Speaks/Mary Dollinger drew Davison’s Abby Hauch/ Gabby Patykowski at No. 1. The winner faces No. 3 seed Holt in round two. At No. 2, Rachel Kuczera/Dymond Hampton have the unenviable task of facing No. 1 seed Dow in their opening match. The winner gets No. 3 seed Grand Blanc. At No. 3, Chelsea Iatchan/Megan Thomas faced Midland in round one, then will face No. 2 seed Traverse City Central if they come out on top. Laiya White/Alex Rhinebolt drew a bye at No. 4 and get No. 4 seed Holt in round two.