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Rockford girls tennis competes at Division I state tennis

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Friday, June 1 the Rockford girls varsity tennis team competed at Midland in the Division I state tournament. The weather did not cooperate and it rained the whole day. Competition resumed as planned, as all games were played inside the complex; 25 schools qualified to compete. The atmosphere was tense, as everything they worked for this season came down to their first match of the day. First out on the courts for Rockford was their number one, two and three singles. Lauren Korlewitz, Rockford’s number one singles player, played Claudia Rodriquez from Monroe. The first match was up and down and good competition, but Korlewitz stuck to her guns and won 6-4, 6-2. Number two singles, Marjeanne Bothma, played against Alison Stevens from Grand Blanc. Bothma was focused and played a solid game of good shots and placements. She won 6-2, 6-1. At number three, Jenelle Miller played against Lauren Berry from Utica Eisenhower. Miller had a great game, the one where everything just came together. She ended up winning 6-0, 6-0. This was Korlewitz’s, Bothma’s and Miller’s third year competing at the state tournament. For the other nine players, it was their first. It was an eye opener for them to see the quality of tennis that was played, and they knew they were up against tough competition. At number two doubles, Renee and Courtney Fedeson played against Clarkston. They had to dig deep and did not want to give up. The game went to three sets, but at the end, Clarkston won 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. At number four doubles, Morgan Vermeulen and Melissa Bors were up against the team from Utica Eisenhower. They played hard, but lost 2-6, 1-6. Then the numbers one, two and three singles went on to play their second-round matches. This time they knew it would be their toughest games of the season. Korlewitz’s opponent was from Novi (number four seed for the tournament). Bothma’s opponent was from Clarkston (number one seed for tournament and 2011 state champion). Miller’s opponent was from Clarkston (number two seed for the tournament). The three Rams played excellent tennis. They made shots that even surprised themselves. At the end, all three lost, but they can be proud of themselves because they played great […]