Feb. 17, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's tennis team won four flights in the Grand Rapids City Tournament hosted by Grand Rapids Community College on Friday and Saturday. The tournament featured teams from Hope, Calvin, Aquinas, Cornerstone, Davenport and GRCC.
In the first singles flight, junior Andrew Darrell had a first round by and despite losing to Aaron Hendrick, 6-2, 6-2, Darrell was able to advance due to a withdrawl. Darrell then defeated Hope's Bobby Cawood, 6-2, 6-2 to win the flight.
Sophomore Francis Bertrand won the second singles flight picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win against Hope's Parker Bussies to advance. In the second round, he took the match to three sets, winning 7-6 (7), 4-6, 10-4, to move to the championship round against Davenport's Tyler Chambers. Bertrand had no problem winning the game as he defeated Chambers 6-1, 6-1.
In the first round of the third singles flight, junior Bryan Hodges defeated Loukas Peterson from Calvin, 6-4, 6-3. He then picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win against Davenport's Christian Woods before winning by default due to an injury retirement.
Freshman Andrew Bole dropped his first round match, but rebounded with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Calvin's Tom Griffin. He then won 6-0, 6-1 in the fifth singles third round with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Hope's Jason Muller.
Wrapping up singles play, freshman Michael Kaye defeated Alex Tarnow, 6-2, 6-1 and then won, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Kaye then fell in the third round match against Aquinas' Frank Fisher, 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles play, Hodges and Bertrand swept through the competition in the first doubles flight. An 8-2 win in the first round advanced the duo to face Cawood and Kyle Kreps, 8-3. Hodges and Bertrand then closed out their flight with an 8-3 win against a pair from Aquinas.
Freshman Andrew Bole and partner junior Ben Esh-Nauta received a first round by in the third doubles and picked up an easy 8-1 victory against Hope's Cody Herbuck and Daniel Owens, 8-1. The duo then fell in the final round 8-6 to Fisher and Brendan Petz.
Freshman Andy Heuerman and sophomore Zac Felice partnered in the final doubles flight picking up an 8-1 win in the first round to advance to face Chris Tippett and Trevor Brogan from Hope. An 8-4 win in the second round moved the pair to the title match where they shut out Ben Johnson and Jonathan Hoffman, 8-0.
GVSU now returns to dual matches when it hosts a trio of GLIAC matches beginning on Thursday, Feb. 21. The Lakers hosts Tiffin at Ramblewood in Grandville, Mich. at 9:30 a.m. GVSU then faces Ohio Dominican (Feb. 22) and Findlay (Feb. 23) to open league play.