The Holly varsity girls tennis program has reached new heights over the last four seasons, earning top-10 finishes in each of the D2 state tennis meets during those seasons.
The Bronchos can add another season to that list. Holly placed eighth at the D2 state meet, scoring 10 team points at the event held at Hope College.
The Bronchos had four flights earn Holly’s points. The No. 3 doubles flight of Maika Horarth and Jesse Hepner and No. 3 singles competitor Calli Sokolowski went the furthest in their brackets, each making it to the semifinal round. The doubles team made it to the semifinals, winning its first two matches by similar 6-3, 6-1 scores. However, in the semifinals, Holly’s third-seeded team faced the second-seeded Birmingham Seaholm squad and lost 6-1, 7-5. Sokolowski won the first two matches 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 but then lost to Mattawan’s Roika Shokohi 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal round.
The No. 4 doubles team also earned points, advancing to the quarterfinals. The squad of Lauren Lesch and Paige Weeder won its first match by a relatively easy 6-0, 6-2 score against a team from Wyandotte Roosevelt. However, the pair lost to Forest Hills Northern’s squad in the quarterfinals by a 6-2, 6-3 score.
Makenzi Sells was Holly’s final point-gainer. The No. 2 singles player won her first match 6-0, 6-0, but then lost to Marian’s Gaby Grzyenia in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-3.
Others who competed at the state meet for Holly were Taylor Barrett (No. 1 singles), Kate Brown (No. 4 singles), Megan McReynolds and Makayla Bilbia (No. 1 doubles), and Ruby Barrett and April Tetlow (No. 1 doubles).