The Bloomfield Hills High School girls tennis team won their first state championship this weekend in the Division 1 finals at Mason and Okemos.
“I couldn’t be happier for the team. They are so deserving of a state title. We were confident going in, but knew how challenging it would be,” expressed coach Chris Dobson. “I think what I am most proud of is how the girls handled the pressure - and the pressure was immense.”
Dobson knew that there were strong doubles teams and that this could lead them to the state championship title. The team was 6/6 in the semi-final matches, so for the singles lineup to step up and push the team through made the difference in securing this title.
BHHS tied for first place with Ann Arbor Pioneer. Singles player, Anna Bickersteth said, “Pioneer is an amazing, respected team and nobody thought we could top them. Sharing the title with them is such an honor. I especially love our team spirit and how we encourage one another on and off the court.”
A number of teammates echo Bickersteth’s sentiments about how they support each other during the good and the hard times. Danielle Herb adds, “Each of us worked hard and I was very proud of our team’s determination to win. I had to pull out because of injury and dehydration. In spite of these challenges, I never gave up and adjusted.”
The team will be losing two seniors, Hannah Tomina and Yodit Kiros, both excited to have ended their high school experience on an incredible note. Best wishes Hannah and Yodit as you pursue future goals. Julia Yousif and Eryn Sterns conjointly express, “We think we can do it again next year!"
Congratulations to the Black Hawk girls tennis team for winning their first state championship!