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The 2013 Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis team - Lexi Baylis, Olivia Baylis, Mackenzie Bedor, Amy Brozovich, Rebecca Gorz, Katie Hubregsen, Kendra Mantz, Miranda Marshall, Caitlin McCaghy, Dana Olsen, Paige Olsen, Mackenzie Sowers, Isabella Spindler, Jordan Stuart, Alexandra Whall and Monique Zentner. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
July 03, 2013 - The Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis team were a force to be reckoned with during the spring season.

They continued their tradition of being a strong and talented team on the court throughout their 2013 season finishing with an overall record 20-1.

The season ended at the MHSAA State Finals in Midland taking third place with 20 points.

"They did well," said Becky Freeman, head coach. "They had a lot of fun."

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It was the third consecutive trip for the Lady Wolves and third time finishing in the top three with a second place finish in 2012 and winning the championship in 2011.

They earned their spot winning title at the MHSAA Regionals with 28 points. Lexi Baylis, Isabella Spindler and Dana Olsen finished in first place on the singles courts. Paige Olsen and Alex Whall won the championship on the Doubles No. 1 court.

"It was tremendous," said Freeman. "I was proud. It was a true team effort. I was excited."

The Lady Wolves spent the whole season preparing by taking on not only tough competition in the OAA Red but also the toughest teams around the state in matches and tournaments. They finished in the OAA Red undefeated, 6-0. They also won three tournaments - the Pioneer Invitationals and two Holly Invitationals.

Freeman noted the team's dedication led to their success for the season. She added the girls would continue to hit after practice and they were very focused.

The strength and talent continues next year as they return all but four players - Mackenzie Bedor, Kendra Mantz, Jordan Stuart and Monique Zentner graduated in June.

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

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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