Imlay City’s Emma Keeping returns a shot during a match this spring.

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City girls’ tennis squad earned a fourth-place finish last Thursday at a Division 4 regional hosted by Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart edged Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 22 points to 21, for team honors.

They move on to the state finals set for June 2-3 in Kalamazoo.

Warren Regina, who amassed 18 points en route to a third, advanced as well for meeting the total required to advance as an additional qualifier.

Imlay City pulled up fourth, thanks to an output of 12 points. They were followed by Madison Heights Bishop Foley (11), Clarkston Everest Collegiate (six), Richmond (four), Algonac (two) along with St. Clair Shores South Lake and Clawson (one each).

Emma Keeping headlined for Imlay City that day. Keeping claimed the first singles title, thanks to a 6-0, 1-6 6-3 win against Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart foe Eve Jackson.

For her finish as the top flight champion, she qualified for the upcoming state finals.

Besides her four team points, Imlay City had five other flights contribute points that day.

Hannah Sapp (second singles), Drew Wetzel (third singles) and Hanna Fredriksson (fourth singles) provided Imlay City with two points each.

The Imlay City second doubles team of Addison Cameron and Aubrey Sommer along with their third doubles combination of Winter Muxlow and Wren Dennis added one point apiece to the Spartans’ cause.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.