PCA Finishes 3rd in Gibraltar Carlson Quad
GIBRALTAR, MI (September 26, 2020) – On a perfect day for tennis, the Eagles had one of their best showings of the season and finished a strong third at the Carlson Quad.
The JV team from Ann Arbor Greenhills swept their matches and finished first with 24 points. The Carlson JV “A” team finished second with 12 ½ points, PCA had 6 and the Carlson JV “B” team earned 5 ½.
Coach Brett Manning made a few line-up changes and some underclassmen got an opportunity to play singles, up in the line-up or with different doubles partners. The chemistry seemed to pay off as the entire team was focused, upbeat and displayed a positive attitude throughout the day.
The Eagles were led by Evan Southerland at #2 singles and Brett Holmes at #3 singles. The freshmen each earned 2 points as they went 2-1 on the day.
Isaac Demko was given another opportunity to play singles, at #4, and he made the most of it. He earned a three-set win against his Carlson “B” opponent and played well in a loss against the #4 singles player on the Carlson “A” team.
Tim Perumalla, who played well the entire day at #1 singles, earned the final point for the Purple and Gold with a straight set victory his Marauder opponent.
The Eagles improved daily over this busy week – they forced eight tiebreakers today and played their opponents from Greenhills very tough. With two wins earlier in the week, PCA is focused on finishing the regular season strong and preparing for the MHSAA tournament which begins in two weeks.
Here was the line-up for today’s event:
#1 Singles – Tim Perumalla
#2 Singles – Evan Southerland
#3 Singles – Brett Holmes
#4 Singles – Isaac Demko
#1 Doubles – Alessandra Barker / Eshton Kreiger
#2 Doubles – Stosh Zasadny / Brady Smith
#3 Doubles – Francesca Barker / Anna Brown
#4 Doubles – Nicole Katrib / Rebecca Nokku
Carlson Quad Final Standings
1. Greenhills – 24 points
2. Carlson “A” – 12 ½ points
3. PCA – 6 points
4. Carlson “B” – 5 ½ points
The Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Southfield to take on Southfield A & T. The matches will begin at 4:30.
Eagles Down SMCC – Southerland Does it Again!
PLYMOUTH, MI (September 25, 2020) – The PCA Tennis Team evened their dual match record to 3-3 with a 5-3 win over visiting Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central today at the PARC tennis courts.
Freshman Evan Southerland, playing in the #2 singles spot, won 8-0 to secure the victory. SMCC could only field four players today, so they defaulted all the doubles matches. Southerland’s win was the clincher – the second time this week that he earned the winning point. On Tuesday, he and his brother Christian earned the decider against Riverview Gabriel Richard in #1 doubles.
Coach Brett Manning made some line-up decisions to get some of the younger players some action in different spots.
Tim Perumalla played at the #1 singles spot and lost a tough match, 8-5. All matches were eight-game pro-sets to ease the amount of play for the four SMCC players.
Freshman, Brett Holmes remained at #3 singles and fought valiantly, but fell to his Junior opponent.
Sophomore co-captain, Isaac Demko got a chance to play singles, at #4 and lost a marathon match, 10-12. He was encouraged, despite the result, “I really liked playing singles. Having the responsibility and shoulder all of the blame or success felt really good.”
Other players who saw action in exhibition matches were Alessandra and Francesca Barker who played in the #1 doubles spot and Vinny Lewan and Stosh Zasadny who played at #2.
While the SMCC / PCA matches were being staged – other PCA players competed in challenge matches – Eshton Kreiger played Brady Smith and Emma Clark / Rebecca Nokku played Anna Brown and Nicole Katrib.
PCA heads back to Gibraltar on Saturday to play in the Gibraltar Quad. Action starts at 9:00am.
PCA Rallies for Win over Riverview Gabriel Richard
WYANDOTTE, MI (September 22, 2020) – In a thrilling comeback, the #1 Doubles team of Christian and Evan Southerland rallied from a set and a break deficit to down their Riverview opponents in three sets to secure a 5-3 victory and snap a three match losing streak for the Eagles.
The Southerland’s had lost the first set, 5-7 and trailed 4-1 in the second before winning five consecutive games to win the set, 6-4 and force a third set, 10-point tiebreaker. The kept the momentum going, racing out to a 5-0 lead. Their Pioneer opponents closed the gap to 7-4 before the brothers closed out the match, 10-4. That win was the clinching point in the 5-3 win. In the early stages, it was looking as though the best the Eagles could do would be a tie. But the brothers would have none of that as they served well and hustled throughout the match.
Freshman, Brett Holmes (#3 singles) won a gutty straight set match, 6-2, 7-6 and the #3 Doubles pair of Isaac Demko and Eshton Kreiger won 6-2, 6-1.
Because the Pioneers were limited in available players, they forfeited the #4 singles and #4 doubles spots.
Alessandra Barker, at #1 singles, gave it all she had but lost in a heartbreaker, 6-1, 5-7, 4-10.
Tim Perumalla lost in straight sets at #2 singles and the #2 doubles pair of Stosh Zasadny and Brady Smith fell in two sets as well.
After an off day and a day of practice, the Eagles will be busy for the next seven days. They will host Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central on Friday, travel to Gibraltar for the Carlson Quad on Saturday, play at Southfield A & T on Monday, travel to Woodhaven on Tuesday and host AA Gabriel Richard on Thursday. That’s five matches in seven days. Let’s pray for good weather!
Eagles Derailed at Woodhaven
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI (September 29, 2020) – The visiting Eagle tennis team ran into a rebuilding buzz saw as the hometown Warriors swept their way to an 8-0 victory.
The young Woodhaven team looked like they have recovered nicely after losing 10 seniors from the 2019 squad.
The Purple and Gold did not win a set the entire evening, although three of the singles matches were relatively close.
#1 singles player, Alessandra Barker was competitive in her match before bowing out, 3-6, 3-6.
Tim Perumalla showed a good deal of fight at #2 singles when he staved off two match points in the second set before dropping a 1-6, 5-7 decision.
And Brett Holmes at #3 singles, pushed his opponent to a second set tiebreaker before falling, 2-6, 6-7.
PCA will be in action on Thursday when they will host Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard at the PARC tennis courts. Matches will begin at 4:30.