Thursday, March 23, 2023

Call off: Dow Girls edge GB for 24th straight SVL title

Dow High’s girls’ tennis team has won the Saginaw Valley League Championship almost a given in more than two decades. However, this time around it was anything but easy for the Chargers.

With Grand Blanc on pace during a long, hot day at the Greater Midland Tennis Center, Dow won and reached the Flight Championships in No. 1 Singles, No. 2 Singles, No. 3 Singles, No. 1 Doubles and No. 4 Doubles. Championship match on two other flights – which was good enough to catch the Bobcats and get the Chargers 24th Consistent Valley titles.

Dow coach Garrett Turner said this year’s SVL crown was particularly rewarding, given the weather conditions and tough competition.

“We tied Grand Blanc in our double match this year, so we knew it was going to be a fight. We talked a lot about doing our best and bringing energy, and that’s hard to do when you Playing in 80-degree weather for the first time in an entire season,” Turner said. “…It’s tough. It’s tough when you’re not used to the heat and you’re trying to play high-level tennis. Mentally and physically, you’re not that sharp, and when you get into a close fight, you’re not sure what’s going to happen.

“We were tied with Grand Blanc going into the final, and we each had seven flights into the final,” he said. “We got lucky and got a win against them that we didn’t get (in the first season), and then we retained the earlier win against them.”

When the final point was played, the Chargers wound up with Grand Blanc’s 26 on 28 points, while Midland High finished a solid third out of 12 teams with 14.5 points. Saginaw Heritage took fourth place with 11.5 points, while Bay City Western took fifth place with 11 and Mount Pleasant took sixth place with 10.

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