KALAMAZOO — Traverse City Central reached the quarterfinals in six flights on Friday, but couldn't get any through to the Division 2 state semifinals.
The Trojans finished with 13 points, tied with Okemos for sixth. Weather pushed the meet to four different sites.
"I'm extremely proud," TC Central coach Larry Nykerk said. "Many of our players had their best matches of the season today. This has been one of the most fun years for me."
It should continue to be fun for Nykerk over the next few years, as he only loses one senior in Kathryn Amalfitano. TC Central started four freshmen and four sophomores this year.
The Trojans reached the quarterfinals in everything but No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.
At No. 1 singles, Paige Cooley (29-6) had a bye and a win over Gibralter Carlson (6-0, 6-0) before losing to the No. 1 seed from Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Mollie Fox, 6-2, 6-2. Kelly Milliken (30-5) at No. 2 singles had a bye and a win over no. 5 seed Portage Central (7-6 (3), 6-3) before losing to Kristen Law from Bloomfield Hills Andover, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (3). At No. 4 singles, Amelia Pezzetti (23-12) had a bye, a 6-1, 6-0 win over Portage Northern before falling to No. 3 seed Stephanie Podolsky from Bloomfield Hills Andover (6-4, 6-0).
In doubles, Leah Potter/Katie Raymond (27-7) had a bye and a 6-0, 6-0 win Mason before falling to Bloomfield Hills Lahser, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Devon Dotterrer/Abby Palisin (29-5) had a bye at No. 2 and a win over Grosse Pointe North (6-1, 6-0) before losing to the No. 2 seed from Bloomfield Hills Marian, 6-4, 6-0). And at No. 4 doubles, Amalfitano/Molly Whiting (26-9) beat Allen Park (6-4, 7-5) and No. 4 Bloomfield Hills Lasher (3-6, 6-0, 6-3) before losing to Birmingham Seaholm (6-2, 6-4).
At No. 3 singles, Christi Druskovich (30-4) had a 6-2, 6-2 win over Gibralter Carlson before losing to Draga Sabotic, the No. 1 seed from Okemos, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 3 doubles, Kitty Mast/Elizabeth Pappas (29-4) were the No. 4 seed, but had to wait until late afternoon for their first match. They fell to Portage Northern, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Ray lone Gladiator left in state finals
St. Francis senior Bailey Ray reached the quarterfinals at No. 4 singles. The No. 1 seed will play Claire Nulty of Ann Arbor Greenhills.
Ray advanced with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Whitehall's Julia Rogers.
The Gladiators were knocked out in the other seven flights.
At No. 1 singles, Diana Matuszak beat Schoolcraft's Autumn Hendricks (4-6, 7-5, 6-1), then lost to Kasey Gardiner of Greenhills (6-0, 6-0).
At No. 2, Lena Popp dropped a three-setter to Williamston's Caroline Rising (2-6, 6-2, 6-3).
At No. 3, Lauren Hansen beat Whitehall's Kirsten Briergel (6-4, 6-1), then lost to Tyler Papazian of Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart (6-2, 6-2).
At No. 1 doubles, Olivia Wurm and Abby Shrift fell to Schoolcraft's Eliza Northrop and Shelby Dage (6-1, 6-1).
At No. 2, Kali Merrifield and Chloe Lodge lost to Lumen Christi's Cassidy Sponsler and Anna Thompson (6-1, 6-2).
At No. 3, Emily Szmania and Natalie Burke beat Notre Dame Prep's Sara Hanna and Savanah Litton (6-2, 6-7, 6-2), then lost to Monroe St. Mary's Amber Laginess and Vinnie Gupta (6-2, 6-2).
At No. 4, Sarah Stayman and Courtney McCardel dropped a match to Monroe St. Mary's Samantha Maddux and Elle Anteau (6-4, 4-6, 6-2).
Harbor Springs won three matches on the day. Leah Collie beat Calvin Christian's Lauren Vanderlaan (7-5, 3-6, 6-2), then lost to Greenhills' Corinne Gardner (6-1, 6-1) at No. 4 singles.
Claire Cunningham and Perry Bower topped Alissa Gamble and Caitlyn Cummins of Niles Brandywine (6-1, 1-6, 6-2), then lost to Saginaw Nouvel's Kirsten Babinski and Amanda Harvey (6-0, 6-2) at No. 2 doubles.
Morgan Mooradian and Eva Zoerhof downed Schoolcraft's Anjie Sampley and Taylor Blodgett (6-3, 6-4), then fell to Williamston's Saragh Thelen and Julie Xu (6-4, 6-2).