Bears fail to escape tennis regionals

No. 1 singles player Elliott Bernaiche. Photo by Larry Caruso.

The Roosevelt tennis team played in the Division 2 regional tournament at Allen Park on Oct. 10 and although the Bears won a few matches, they did not qualify for the state finals. Host Allen Park and Carlson were the two teams to qualify.

The D2 state finals were played the weekend of Oct. 18-19 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Roosevelt’s best regional efforts came from its No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams, which each reached the finals.

The No. 2 team of Dorian Soto and Nick Cowger beat Ahmed Halwani and Hussein Fouani of Crestwood 6-0, 6-0 and then Brendan Stechen and John Demou of Southgate 7-6, 6-2 to reach the flight championship.

In the finals the team lost 6-0, 7-5 to the Allen Park Duo of Zach York and Ian Watson.

At three doubles, Mateo Juarez and Nick Hickey won a pair of matches to reach the finals where they lost 6-4, 6-3 to Carlson’s Joe Dustin and Riley Dunbeck.

To get to the finals, Juarez and Hickey beat Southgate’s Zach Staten and Gavin White 6-3, 6-1 and Crestwood’s Adam Ware and James Petersen 6-3, 6-3.

Wyandotte’s No. 4 doubles team of Jason Johnson and Garrett Skarsinski won a match, as did No. 1 singles player Elliott Bernaiche, No. 3 singles Sam Oswald and No. 4 singles Xavier Tyrpin.

Emilio Plasencia, Lucas Mitsch and Hunter Segrest also competed in the regional tournament for Roosevelt.

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