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Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood players and coaches pose with their MHSAA regional championship trophy on Thursday.
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2021
Division 3 No. 1-ranked Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Region 20 girls tennis championship on Thursday, May 20, at Cranbrook.
Cranbrook finished with 30 points. No. 2-ranked Detroit Country Day and No. 9-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory tied for second with 21 points each. All three teams advance to the MHSAA Division 3 final at Holland Christian and Holland West Ottawa, on June 4-5.
“Pretty much every year Cranbrook and Country Day finish 1-2 at states, and Notre Dame Prep is a really good team,” Cranbrook head coach Grant Asher told reporters. “They are a weathered team and they fight for every point. I think (this region) is a really good test for us to see
this difficult competition now, because when you get to states you’re going to see that even more.”
The Cranes won seven of eight flights to dominate the regional tournament.
The Cranbrook teams of sophomores Morgan Drenser-Haymann and Mia Frickey (No. 1), senior Abby Foltyn and junior Gaby Levine (No. 2), freshmen Daryn Krause and Kayli Lala (No. 3), and senior Sanya Khanna and freshman Grace Zhang (No. 4) took home doubles titles.
Junior Charlotte Brown (No. 2), freshman Sienna Ilitch (No. 3), and Olivia Zhang (No. 4) won singles championships for the Cranes.
Cranbrook finished runner-up to Country Day in the Division 3 finals in 2019 and 2018. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Cranbrook won five straight champions from 2011 to 2015.