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Lexi Baylis poises for a powerful return against her opponent. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
June 12, 2013 - Junior Dana Olsen battled on the No. 3 Singles court against Maggie Sweeney from Grosse Pointe South in the MHSAA Tennis State Finals, June 1.

She finished with a 6-0, 6-4 win and capturing the state championship in her flight.

The win boosted the team to 20 points and sharing third place with Grosse Pointe South for their third consecutive trip to the finals.

"They were a little disappointed because they thought they didn't play to their potential," Becky Freeman, head coach for Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis team, admitted. "They did well. They had a lot of fun. We have a very strong team coming back next year."

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On the singles courts, Lexi Baylis and Isabella Spindler finished in second place, going 3-1 for the tournament. Baylis beat players from Ann Arbor Huron, Hartland and Utica to secure a spot in the championship round against Saline.

Spindler defeated Northville, Midland Dow and Grosse Pointe South before a loss in the championship round to Port Huron Northern.

Olsen finished 4-0 for the tournament with wins over Hudsonville, Traverse City Central, Northville and Grosse Pointe South.

"I was thrilled for Dana," said Freeman. "She was awesome. She is a true leader. She found it hard to celebrate. We had three runner ups and she was the only state champion. She said she was sorry. She was sorry for everyone else and sorry for her twin."

Katie Hubregsen finished with a loss in the quarterfinals, going 1-1 for the day, beating Northville and losing to Midland Dow.

For doubles, Paige Olsen and Alex Whall finished 3-1 for the tournament with wins over Hudsonville, Novi and Ann Arbor Pioneer. They lost to Port Huron Northern in the finals.

The doubles team Mackenzie Bedor and Monique Zentner and Caitlin McCaghy and Mackenzie Sowers finished 0-1. Jordan Stuart and Amy Brozovich finished 1-1 with a win over Midland Dow.

A majority of the Lady Wolves are back next spring after the team graduated four seniors - Mackenzie Bedor, Kendra Mantz, Jordan Stuart and Monique Zentner.

"We will miss our seniors," said Freeman. "The depth of my lineup is returning. My top six girls are returning - all four singles and my one doubles. I am looking forward to them improving and coming back at it strong next year."

She added the team grade point average is 3.85. The team finished with an overall record 20-1, going 6-0 in the OAA Red. They won the Pioneer Invitational as well as two Holly Invitationals.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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