Although the Rockford varsity girls tennis team was rained out of their conference meet on Saturday, they are enthusiastic and optimistic about playing the make-up meet scheduled for Monday at West Ottawa. As four singles junior Jenelle Miller put it, “I’m really looking forward to conference and regionals this week. The matches we play from here on out are what really matter and I’m excited to play hard, competitive matches.” Echoed second doubles Anna Johnson, “We are looking forward to the competition ahead of us. We are a close-knit group and we compete hard but have a lot of fun.” In the week leading up to Saturday’s scheduled competition, the team won against East Kentwood on Monday, May 9. Additionally, the girls hosted Holt at home on Tuesday, and with all flights victorious, came away with an 8-0 win. On Thursday, May 19, the team will travel to East Kentwood for the regional meet, and has hopes of qualifying for the state meet in Midland for the third straight year.
Rockford Girls Varsity Tennis Team
Rockford’s girls varsity tennis team beat Jenison on their courts 6-2 last Wednesday, April 28. Rams first doubles Katie Rachon and Heather Williams and fourth doubles Julie Daukss and Megan Zawacki won their flights in straight sets. Second doubles Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger went to three sets, ultimately posting a win for their flight. Singles Lauren Korlewitz, MJ Bothma and Alex Stembaugh claimed victory in straight sets as well. Earlier in the week, the squad took one on the chin from Hudsonville 0-8, but not without forcing five of the flights to third sets. Rockford has been the strongest team Hudsonville has encountered so far. Expect a reprisal by the Rams at the OK Red conference meet on May 15 at home. In non-conference action, the Rams traveled to Forest Hills Eastern courts along with Grand Rapids Christian for a double dual match. The Rams lost to Forest Hills 0-8 and beat Grand Rapids Christian 6-2. The scheduled double dual on Ram courts Saturday was rained out.
Rockford’s girls varsity tennis team defeated Grandville in a nail-biter Wednesday, April 21 on Grandville courts. All four Rams singles—Lauren Korlewitz, MJ Bothma, Alex Stembaugh and Jenelle Miller won their flights. Grandville’s two and three doubles beat Rockford, but it was Rockford’s one and four doubles that went to third sets each. Rams’ first doubles fell to Grandville, leaving the decisive match winner to fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss. The set was tied 5-5 when Zawacki and Daukss finished in an explosive 7-5 victory. “Our girls truly showcased their mental toughness during an epic battle. Everyone contributed to that big win,” said Coach Tom Huizing. “This is why tennis is a team sport.” Earlier in the week, Rockford pummeled East Kentwood 7-1 at home with a nearly perfect match. Seniors Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger finished with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over their opponents. Scores for the East Kentwood match are as follows: • one singles—Lauren Korlewitz: 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 • two singles—MJ Bothma: 6-2, 6-4 • three singles—Alex Stembaugh: 6-2, 6-0 • four singles—Jenelle Miller: 6-1, 6-2 • one doubles—Katie Rachon, Heather Williams: 6-3, 6-4 • two doubles—Mackenzie Young, Lindsay Gauger: 6-0, 6-0 • three doubles—Tara Murray, Nichole Strobel: 6-2, 7-5 • four doubles—Megan Zawacki, Julie Daukss: 6-2, 6-1 Rockford is undefeated so far this season with back-to-back conference wins and will host another invitational Saturday, May 1. Play will begin by 9 a.m. and will last until late afternoon. Bring a chair or sit in the bleachers and cheer your Rams to victory. The courts are just west of the high school, and attendance is free.
The Rockford girls varsity tennis team started the 2010 season by hosting the first Rockford Quad Invitational April 17 on the newly resurfaced courts. The updates to the court surfaces, fencing and perimeter access were made possible by the bond approval this past year. Coach Tom Huizing said, “I love them and are proud of them. The past five years we couldn’t host an event and now we can bring in teams and be proud of it.” Senior Tara Murray thinks the new courts are “pretty awesome!” Rockford went on to win the invitational by six of the eight flights, finishing with 22 points, St. Joseph with 11 points, Sturgis with 9, and Northview 7. Championship medals were presented to Rockford second singles MJ Bothma, third singles Alex Stembaugh, first doubles and team captains Katie Rachon and Heather Williams, second doubles Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger, third doubles Tara Murray and Nichole Strobel, and fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss. St. Joseph earned championship medals by first singles Lindsay Peirce and fourth singles Maggie VanWinkle. Daukss stated, “All the teams brought the competition and a good start to the season.” Rockford will host another invitational on May 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. and the OK Red conference meet on May 15 starting at 8 a.m. Mark your calendars and come cheer on the team as they progress toward the 2010 regionals and state finals. The girls varsity team made it to the state finals last season under Tom Huizing’s coaching. Other regular season home matches will start at 4 p.m. on April 27 against Hudsonville, May 3 against Grand Haven, and May 5 against West Ottawa. Regular season away games will start at 4 p.m. at Jenison on April 28, Muskegon on May 10, Reeths-Puffer on May 13 and Caledonia on May 19. The entire team is participating in Relay for Life cancer walk May 21-22 at North Rockford Middle School and encourages the community to participate.