2018-05-16 / Sports

C-L tennis sweeps BWAC tennis titles

First-time feat for Lady Pioneers


Queens of the Court! The Cros-Lex Pioneers girls tennis team claimed their first-ever Blue Water Area Conference championship last Saturday. The Lady Pioneers were unbeaten in regular season play in the conference and then claimed the league tournament title. Photo by Joe Crawford Queens of the Court! The Cros-Lex Pioneers girls tennis team claimed their first-ever Blue Water Area Conference championship last Saturday. The Lady Pioneers were unbeaten in regular season play in the conference and then claimed the league tournament title. Photo by Joe Crawford Scott Cummings has waited for this day for nine seasons.

The veteran Cros-Lex girls tennis coach saw his squad claim the overall BWAC championship on Saturday, finishing with a total of 50 points, six more than runner-up Armada. The Lady Pioneers had also won the dual match portion of the schedule with an undefeated record.

Cummings was ecstatic about his girls’ accomplishments.

“We had an outstanding day in what has been an incredible season,” he remarked. “I was thrilled that we had seven of the eight flights in the finals and four flight champions. To win our first-ever BWAC championship is very special. The girls have worked extremely hard for this.”

Cros-Lex had first place finishes with Ana Sanchez (No. 1 Singles) Kendall Hogan (No. 2 Singles), Maia Fagan and Kiera McNeill (No. 2 Doubles) and Courtney Brooks and Ariel Stephan (No. 3 Doubles).

“Ana and Kendall played great and both won their matches without too much trouble,” lauded Cummings. “And, our No. 2 and No. 3 Doubles teams both had to go three sets to win tough matches in the finals.”

The Lady Pioneers also had second place efforts from Ashlyn McNeill (No. 4 Singles), Bryce Karl and Ashlyn Weiss (No. 1 Doubles) and Lexie Beardslee and Anna Lootens (No. 4 Doubles) and a fourth place finish from Rachel Crawford (No. 3 Singles)

Cummings noted the effort McNeill.

“Ashlyn is filling in at No. 4 Singles because of an injury,” explained Cummings. “She made it all the way to the finals after beating the girls from Armada, who she had lost to just two days before. She was down, 4-1, in the third set and came back to win.”

BWAC Girls Tennis Tournament Standings: 1. Cros-Lex 50 pts., Armada 44, Almont 38, Yale 36, Richmond 27, Imlay City 19, Algonac 7

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