The Bucs Tennis Team finished on a very high note on Monday at the OK Red Conference Tournament. The Bucs had 2 flights in the finals against West Ottawa and another against West Ottawa for 3rd place and they swept all 3. The team overall finished in 5th place, but besides the 2 conference champions and 3rd place finisher, the Bucs had 3 flights finish higher than their seed in the tournament.
Hudsonville won the tournament and overall conference championship.
Noah Bachmann dominated the competition at the tournament at #1 Singles by beating Rockford 6-0, 6-1 and then beat West Ottawa 6-0, 6-0 in the finals. Riley Wilton won his 3rd straight conference championship by beating West Ottawa 6-1, 6-0 on Monday. This was an especially nice win as Riley had lost to West Ottawa earlier in the season.
Spencer Sortman took home 3rd place by also beating West Ottawa 6-2, 6-1. Spencer had lost to this player during the season and this was a very good result. Another flight that beat West Ottawa after losing during the season was #1 Doubles with Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price. They played very well in a tight match to pick up that win to finish in 5th place.
Two other flights that finished higher than their seeds for the Bucs. The #2 Doubles team of Chris Akselberg and Weston Taylor who came in as the 6th seed finished in 5th place with a victory over the team from East Kentwood 7-5, 6-4. Nathan Sexton at #4 Singles also started as the 6th seed, but finished in 5th place beating the East Kentwood player 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
One of the great things about the results for the Bucs was their results in directly beating West Ottawa in 4 flights. The team had lost 7-1 just a few weeks ago and they flipped 3 matches to go in their favor.
Other great things that happened were that Riley won his third straight championship. He lost just 1 match in 3 years of conference play.
Noah winning the conference championship at #1 singles as a sophomore is quite a prestigious feat. Then to only lose 1 game in the entire tournament with all of the biggest schools in the OK Conference is ridiculous.
I was also very happy to see the 9 other players come support the final 3 that still had to play today due to the rain on Saturday. It also was the simplest day I have ever had in coaching as those 3 players were so focused and determined that I literally didn’t have to coach at all. They also are very experienced players and I trust them to know what to do. That is the way it is with most of this team at this point. With 6 seniors and a lot of varsity experience, they know what they need to do. It was very satisfying to see these players as well as #1 doubles play so well at the end of the tournament.
This Thursday the team plays all of these same teams plus a few more in the Division 1 Regional at Holland. The tournament has a little bit different format where flights are out once they lose so that adds a different aspect to this event. The top 2 teams plus finalists at #1 singles qualify for states. It should be a very competitive tournament again as our entire season has been.
No. 1 â Noah Bachmann, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Terrence Maskell, 6-0, 6-1; No. 1 â Noah Bachmann, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Travis Bethke, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 â Isaac Bylsma, HUDSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Spencer Sortman, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 â Spencer Sortman, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Sam Duckworth, 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 â Spencer Sortman, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Johnny Mellin, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 â Riley Wilton, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Luke Nederveld, 7-5, 6-1; No. 3 â Riley Wilton, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Declan Howard, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 â Riley Wilton, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Michael Hoffman, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 â Nathan Sexton, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kevin Thomasma, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 â Nathan Sexton, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Michael Ha, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 â Will VanEck, ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL, def. Nathan Sexton, 6-2, 6-4;
No. 1 â Dylan Shenefield-Mason Price, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Tyler Zoerhoff-Jake Cabana, 6-4, 7-5; No. 1 â Dylan Shenefield-Mason Price, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Henry Tran-Trent Raible, 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 â Kyle Kukla-Brock Walker, GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Dylan Shenefield-Mason Price, 6-2, 7-5; No. 2 â Chris Akselberg-Weston Taylor, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Ryan Huynh-William Weninger, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 â Alex Lin-Jason Li, GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Chris Akselberg-Weston Taylor, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 â Chris Akselberg-Weston Taylor, GRAND HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL, def. Andrej Simic-Nathan Murray, 7-5, 6-4; No. 3 â Caleb Werdon-Will Lewis, ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL, def. John Richardson-Matt Baldus, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 â Carson Huff-Darin Coblentz, EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, def. John Richardson-Matt Baldus, 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 â Hayden Latham-Evan Ries, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL, def. Ian Rant-Brayden Rowley, 6-1, 7-5; No. 4 â Tanner Drain-Paul Stryker, WEST OTTAWA HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS, def. Brayden Rowley-Ian Rant, 6-4, 6-0;