Dowagiac netters third at Niles tourney

Published 7:08 am Monday, August 28, 2006

By By SCOTT NOVAK / Dowagiac Daily News
Vicksburg captured four of out seven flight championships on Saturday to win the Niles Invitational Tennis Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with 11 points to edge host Niles, which finished with eight points. Dowagiac was third with five points and Edwardsburg fourth with four points.
Vicksburg won flight championships at No. 2 singles and No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 doubles.
Niles captured a pair of flight championships on Saturday.
Annalee Nelson defeated Edwardsburg's Alia Zander at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-4 and 10-3 in a super tiebreaker.
Heather Croteau and Meagan Horn defeated Lindsey Schimp and Krystin Kennedy at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 0-6 and 13-11 in a super tiebreaker.
Edwardsburg captured the other flight championship as C.C. Roberts and Lindy Allemon defeated Vicksburg's Allison Kruger and Lindsay Hammond at No. 5 doubles, 6-2 and 6-3.
The No. 5 doubles flight consisted of each team's No. 3 and No. 4 singles players.
Dowagiac grabbed a pair of second place finishes as Ashley Smith fell to Vicksburg's Kati Downs (6-1, 6-3) at No. 2 singles, and the No. 2 doubles team of Tonya Scherer and Elizabeth Kolden lost to Vicksburg's Chelsie Hostetler and Cassie DeLisle (6-4, 6-1).
"Although we didn't have any champions, we did have two runners-up," Dowagiac coach Chuck Rubino said. "We did have a good effort from our team. We lost a lot of close sets. We just need to get over the hump when it comes to close matches."
The Chieftains will open up Wolverine Conference play today when it hosts South Haven at 4:30 p.m.
Niles Invitational
Team results
Vicksburg 11, Niles 8, Dowagiac 5, Edwardsburg 4
Championship Round
1. Annalee Nelson (N) d. Alia Zander (E) 3-6, 6-4, 10-3; 2. Kati Downs (V) d. Ashley Smith (D) 6-1, 6-3
1. Heather Croteau/Meagan Horn (N) d. Lindsey Schimp/Krystin Kennedy (V) 6-4, 0-6, 13-11; 2. Chelsie Hostetler/Cassie DeLisel (V) d. Tonya Scherer/Elizabeth Kolden (D) 6-4, 6-1; 3. Natalie Miller/Lisha Berry (V) d. Lena Cramer/Alison Landgraf (N) 4-6, 7-6, 10-3; 4. Kristiana Jorgerstand/Violet Lyngstad (V) d. Cassie DeMerchand/Brooke Wentz (E) 6-1, 6-3; 5. C.C. Roberts/Lindy Allemon d. Allison Kruger/Lyndsay Hammond (E) 6-2, 6-3