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Gryphons claim state tennis championship

Greenhills girls tennis team earned its first state title since 2009 this weekend at the Division 4 state finals in Holly. 

DSC07988_edited-1The team championship also featured a No. 3 singles championship for Vidhya Rajaprabhakaran, No. 4 singles championship for Phoebe Sotiroff, a No. 2 doubles championship for Baani Jain and Giselle Farjo, and No. 3 doubles championship honors for Jamie Todd and Ryan Perry.

Read the Detroit Free Press story about the championship here

Greenhills coach and English teacher Mark Randolph said his team’s performances were remarkable on a variety of levels.

Vidyha Rajaprabhakaran, for example, stomped her way through the No. 3 singles competition “like Godzilla in Tokyo,” he said. Phoebe Sotiroff withstood the challenge of a tortoise-paced match to deliver “the championship point for the team as she delivered the No. 4 singles championship to herself.”

Randolph added that what may have been the most difficult matchup was in No. 1 doubles, which was defeated in the semifinals by a “brilliant” team from the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Senior Julia Friedman was able to create opportunity for the team by winning a key match against Jackson Lumen Christi in the semifinals.

The final match of the tournament, No. 3 doubles, encapsulated the weekend’s drama, Randolph said.

“After leading 4-1 in the first set they were stopped dead in their tracks by a stout Portland squad that grabbed the moment, the first set, and the lead in the second,” he said. “After holding on to go into a tiebreaker and falling behind in the breaker, Jamie Todd and Ryan Perry fought back valiantly to take the set and the match 6-2 in the third.”

The championship is the 24th captured by Greenhills athletes since the school’s founding in 1968.


Saturday, April 24
Open to anyone ages 16 and up. Limited quantities available.
Greenhills is closed for mid-winter break and will return on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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