HOLLY — With one day to go at the Division 2 state tennis finals, another team state title for Dow High is well within reach.
The third-ranked Chargers, with 22 points, are one point behind first-place Portage Central (23). Forest Hills Central is third with 21. The finals conclude today at Holly High School.
Six of Dow’s eight flights advanced to the semifinals on a day marked by weather delays and venue changes, with action not wrapping up until after 10 p.m.
“It was a really good day,” said Dow coach Terry Schwartzkopf. “I saw exactly what I saw all season from my guys. They bonded together and they fought with everything they had.
“The community we have at Dow High is incredible,” he added. “Everybody does whatever they can to help the (players). That’s why I love states. It’s a magical time. … But our job isn’t done yet. We’ve got one more day to see how much more damage we can do.”
The Chargers won the Division 2 team title five straight years from 2009-13 before tying for third last year.
At No. 1 singles, Dow’s Varun Shanker won his quarterfinal 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (0) to advance to play top seed Bill Duo of Portage Central in today’s semifinal.
At No. 2 singles, Michael Szabo won 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinal to advance to face Gabe Liss of Birmingham Groves.
At No. 3 singles, Tyler Conrad won 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinal to advance to play Josh Olmstead of Groves.
At No. 4 singles, Adi Middha won 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinal and will next play Portage Central’s Camilo Bautista.
At No. 1 doubles, Dow’s Sagar Kamaraju/Spencer Bouck fell to a higher seed in the quarterfinals, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
At No. 2 doubles, JJ Kirman/Noah Nichols won 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and will play Birmingham Seaholm next.
At No. 3 doubles, Daniel Zhang/Ryan Killmaster won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and will next face Forest Hills Northern.
At No. 4 doubles, Gopal Parthasarathy/Bryce Blakemore fell to top seed Forest Hills Central 6-0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.