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Clarkston aces regional competition

May 26, 2010 - Lady Wolves conquered their season goal last Thursday - they are heading to the state finals.

They scored 21 points during the MHSAA Division 1 Regional meet in girls tennis and placed third, putting them one point behind Rochester and three behind West Bloomfield.

"They were very focused," said Coach Becky Freeman. "I was impressed with the results. They had a good time, they played well and showed well."

Katie Brozovich defeated West Bloomfield's Morgan Taylor (6-2, 6-1) to take first place in number 2 singles.

She played strong throughout the day to keep her record undefeated and is currently 21-0 for the season.

Kristina Lucas in singles #3 lost her first match for the season to Aerielle Pendleton, from West Bloomfield (6-3, 6-1) to take second place for the day.

Gabby Spindler, singles #1, also took second after her loss to Kelsey Dieters from Rochester (6-0, 6-0). She had only had two previous losses, one to West Bloomfield, who she came back and beat two more times.

Abbey Aubregsen also placed second, singles #4, losing 6-1 and 6-3 to Kyra Shink, also from West Bloomfield.

Kelsey Crawford and Alice Wilson used their teamwork and defeated the Lady Lakers 6-1 and 7-6 in the doubles #4.

"They hadn't been partners for that long," said Freeman. "They got together and came in first place, beating West Bloomfield in the final and Rochester in the quarters. It wasn't like they had an easy flight. They had to play our toughest competition in both rounds. It's very encouraging they beat them both."

Anna Gencay and Amy Wozniak, doubles #3, lost to Rochester, taking second place for the day.

The girls head to Midland next week for the state finals.

"Everyone is excited," said Freeman. "We are coming off of a really good regional. The girls are thinking positively. Morale is high."

The Lady Wolves could see their regional competition again at states but will find out more when the players are put into brackets this week. The results are posted Thursday on www.MHSAA.com.

No matter - they will be prepared and ready.

"Everyone is really excited to go to Midland and show what they have," said Freeman.

The state finals are held at Midland Tennis Center, June 4-5.

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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