Hamilton places third at regionals to advance to state finals
Even-numbered years have been kind to the Hamilton boys’ tennis team in recent times, with the Hawkeyes having qualified for the Division 3 state finals in 2010 and 2012.
That trend continued this year.
The Hawkeyes placed third at the Holland Christian regional on Friday, Oct. 10, finishing with the required18 points to advance to the state finals.
Host Holland Christian won the regional title with 27 points, followed by Zeeland East with 23 points.
Allegan was fifth with 10 points, while Wayland was eighth with two points and Plainwell was ninth with one point.
Hamilton coach Steve Lubbers was proud of his team’s effort in a tough regional.
“This year it was a preseason goal for the guys to qualify (for the state finals),” Lubbers said. “Then we found out that Zeeland East and Unity Christian were added to our regional and that made it a lot tougher. So it was a very competitive regional and to advance out of it is a great accomplishment.”
Every flight won at least one match for the Hawkeyes, with seven of the flights winning two or more matches.
“This is probably the most balanced team in ability from top to bottom I have ever coached,” Lubbers said. “Every flight contributed to the second-place finish in the conference tournament and especially in the regional tournament. Each flight won their first round and that got us well on our way to the 18 points we got. “
The first doubles team of Grant Wolfram and Austin Haverdink led the way for Hamilton posting a 6-3, 7-6 win over the Holland Christian team in the finals to secure the Hawkeyes’ lone flight championship.
With their three wins at regionals, Wolfram and Haverdink improved to 29-0.
“Grant and Austin have had a great year,” Lubbers said. “Teams were gunning for them towards the end of the season, but they played some quality teams and ended up winning everything. They’ve done a great job of staying focused throughout the year and only looking forward to one match at a time.”
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