North Farmington’s Boys Varsity Tennis team fell just short of a trip to the state finals with a third-place finish in the MHSAA Regionals on Friday, Oct. 13. Walled Lake Western (26 points) won the 11th region of the MHSAA’s Division 2 for a third consecutive year, earning a trip to next week’s state finals in Kalamazoo, and Holly High School 16 points) will join them as the second-place finishers in the region. The Raiders finished with 13 points as regional hosts, and matches were held at North Farmington, Farmington and Walled Lake Western. The matches were originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, but were suspended due to rainy conditions.
North Farmington was led by the No. 2 doubles team of senior co-captain Keith Jackson and junior Ryosuke Nishida, which captured first place with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Walled Lake Western. Jackson and Nishida also defeated Harrison en route to their regional title.
North Farmington’s No. 3 and 4 doubles teams each reached the finals of their draws, where each lost to Walled Lake Western. At No. 3 doubles, senior Mitchell Alekman and sophomore Jackson Jozwiak pushed Walled Lake Western to three sets, dropping a hard-fought 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1 decision. At No. 4 doubles, junior John Goodwin and freshman Nick Cherney lost to Walled Lake Western in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Both Raiders doubles teams earned a pair of straight-set victories to earn their spots in the regional finals.
Also earning points for North Farmington on the day were senior Vikram Thirupahi at No. 2 singles, junior Satvik Suneja at No. 4 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of junior Sri Srinivasan and sophomore Tyler Poirier.