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Cedar Springs tennis team adds another win 

Singles Nick Fennessey, the only senior on the Red Hawk Varsity tennis team this year, returns a ball to his Forest Hills Northern opponent.

Singles Nick Fennessey, the only senior on the Red Hawk Varsity tennis team this year, returns a ball to his Forest Hills Northern opponent.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started the week out on a positive note when they played a home match against Big Rapids on Monday, September 8 and picked up a 7-1 win. Honorable mention goes to #1 singles player Blake Fisk, who made a valiant effort to make the final score 8-0 by going into a lengthy second set, with his Big Rapids opponent, that ended with a 10-point tie-breaker.

On Thursday, September 11, the team traveled to Forest Hills Northern, where the Red Hawks made a terrific effort to match the skills of a talented FHN team consisting of several seniors, but fell in the end with a 0-8 loss. The Cedar Springs boy’s tennis team is young, and of the 12 Red Hawk players, #2 singles Nick Fennessey is the only senior on the team this year. Coach Katie Unsworth gave the boys good advice after the FHN match by telling them to think about how they played against FHN and use what they learned that day to further improve their playing strategies in upcoming matches.

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Tennis team wins one, loses one last week

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started last week out right with a win. On Tuesday September 2, the Red Hawks traveled to Coopersville for match that resulted in a 5-3 win. The players with winning matches were #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa, #1 doubles Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielson and #3 doubles Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

The next day the Red Hawks were back in action again. A home match against a tough Northview team resulted in a 2-6 loss, their first of the season. Players posting a win for the Red Hawks were #3 singles Drew French and #3 doubles Jared Liggett and Nick Hibbs. The Red Hawks put up a great fight with Northview and recorded several close matches, one ending with a third set tie breaker.

“We had great matches against Coopersville and Northview this week,” said Coach Katie Unsworth. “I am very pleased with how the boys are playing this year! We have a solid team with a little bit of depth. The last two years Northview has beat us 8-0. This year the score was 6-2. Northview had to work for their win. Way to go guys!”

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Red Hawk Varsity tennis wraps up season


The Lady Red Hawks tennis team won the Sparta invitational by the score of Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 8, Fremont 5, and G.R. Union 2.

In OK Bronze conference play, Cedar Springs won one over Greenville, tied with West Catholic, and lost to Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Northern, and Northview.

In regional competition, Cedar Springs had four players advance to the second round: #2 double Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 singles Katie Schumann; and #4 singles Rebecca Williams.

Competing in singles for the Red Hawks this year was #1 Shannon Leal; #2 Megan Brunett; #3 Katie Schumann; and #4 Rebecca Williams. Competing in doubles play was #1 Emma Schut and Julie Schut; #2 Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 Kat Scrivner and Jessica Brunett; and #4 Anna Behrenwald and Mariah Rios.

The Red Hawks graduated two seniors this year, Shannon Leal and Megan Brunett.

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Red Hawks win over Kellogsville

Singles Paige Gebhardt

Singles Kristen Bull

Cedar Spring Tennis posted their 7th win of the season by defeating Kellogsville 5 to 3, on Wednesday, May 2. Paige Gebhardt and Anna Frausin got off to a slow start but showed to be true competitors by stretching their opponents to the limit in their loss at #1 and #2 singles. The #3 and #4 singles, Kristen Bull and Samantha Alger easily bested their opponents 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively. Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal, #1 doubles, defeated their opponents 6-4, 6-3 in a match of long volleys and amazing shots by both teams. Katie Schumann played one of her best matches of the season having to adjust to a new partner and new position receiving. Samantha Durkee, the #13 girl and Katie’s partner, was pushed into the line-up at the last minute because of the regular, Jess Blackmer, being sick. Despite a 6-2, 6-4 loss both girls began to click in the 2nd set and almost turned the match around. The #3s, Molly VonSeggern & Bayley Wolfe improved as their match wore on and defeated their opponents 7-6, 6-2. Their match was peppered with impossible gets, long rallies and stiff determination. One of the last matches of the day, along with Anna’s 3-setter, was a 3-set win by Monica West and Julie Schut 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. This match clinched the team win at the end of the day.


Red Hawk tennis outscores Greenville

Cedar Spring Girls Tennis defeated Greenville 5 matches to 3 last Friday, May 4. The #1 doubles girls, Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal, defeated their opponents 6-4,6-4 and the #3 doubles, Bailey Wolfe and Molly VonSeggern, bested their opponents 6-3,6-0. Both doubles team showed great concentration in their wins. The #4 doubles, Julie Schut and Monica West, were defeated 6-3,6-4 while the #2s, Katie Schumann and Samantha Durkee, extended their opponents to three sets in their 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 defeat.

Singles Samantha Alger

The singles won three of the four matches and an almost, in the fourth. Playing without the #1, Paige Gebhardt, not in the line-up because of a family matter, saw everyone moved up a level. Jessica Blackmer defeated her opponent at #4 6-4,6-2. Samantha Alger was defeated in a 3-set affair 1-6, 6-2,6-3, while Kristen Bull at #2 came out on top 6-3,6-2. The last match to finish of the day was the #1 singles Anna Frausin. The match lasted more than 2 hours and ended with an overtime tiebreaker in the 3rd set. Anna prevailed 1-6, 6-2,7-6 (11-9), which gave Cedar Springs the fifth match and the win for the day.

This win brought the Red Hawks to 8-2, and they finish the season at league and regionals in mid-May.

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Tennis News

Left to right: Amber Dunham and Jessica Naffziger #1 doubles.

The tennis team recently defeated Coopersville 5 to 3 in a dual last week Tuesday. The match was highlighted by solid wins in the singles by #1 Brooke Gust and #3 Britt Lenardson. The freshmen team of Paige Gebhardt and Samantha Alger, playing at #3 doubles defeated there opponents 6-4, 6-0 with some consistent play in the 2nd set. The fourth doubles team of Tranaya Palma and Amber Barnes dominated their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Amber Dunham and Jess Naffziger, at #1 doubles posted there 8th win of the season in a 6-2, 6-2 affair. Amber and Jess have been playing together since their freshmen year and compliment each other’s game. Amber has a keen sense at the net and is able to end points quickly with her agile volleys and dominating overhead smash. Jess is an accomplished backcourt player with a powerful and consistent serve. Both players know their limits and continually push them to improve as the season progresses. They, with the team, are looking to do well in the conference tourney in mid-May.

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