Strong doubles play allowed the Mustangs to challenge a pair of state-ranked teams Saturday in the NorthPointe Christian Invitational. Lansing Catholic Central, which is ranked No. 5 among the state’s Division 4 teams, won the four-team event, while No. 9-ranked Traverse City St. Francis was second. The Mustangs were a close third and Big Rapids finished fourth.
The Mustangs won tournament championships at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 doubles. Junior Ben Hill and sophomore Zac DeVries won the tournament at No. 2 doubles while Josh Lefurge McLeod won at No. 3 and Brandon Gonzales and Nate Kamps won the tourney title at No. 4 doubles.
“It was a great day for tennis today, and we played great” Mustangs coach Charles Phelps said. “We’ve been talking as a team lately about continuing to improve and climb up the mountain as we push to the end of the season. Champions in three flights and nearly a fourth against two state-ranked teams is a nice way to finish the tournament.”
The N. 1 doubles team of Sam Schowalter and Matt VerStrate shared the tournament title with the teams from Lansing Catholic and TCSF.