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Game, Set, Match! Eisenhower tennis earns first regional title in 17 years
Game, Set, Match! Eisenhower tennis earns first regional title in 17 years
Posted on 10/28/2021
Ike Tennis

The Eisenhower High School tennis team quickly made up for lost time this year, and they have their first regional title in 17 years to show for it.

Last year, COVID-19 forced a change to the District title format and teams lost the opportunity to compete for the regional level.

This year, construction meant starting the season at Dakota High School before returning to their home court five tournaments into the season.

But once they got home, the wait was worth it, as five returning seniors helped the team finish this season with the regional title and winning 62 of 64 matches.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with great kids and very supportive parents at Ike” said co-coach Mike Pearson.

“It doesn’t matter how much we ask of them, our players and parents are always on board,” said co-coach Kevin Donahue.  “Every season has its rough spots but this one goes down as one with lots of positive energy, kids responding to the coaches’ challenges, and our team reaching its goals.”

The Eagles faced Macomb County opponents eight times in dual meets and tournaments winning an impressive 62 of 64 matches along the way.

The Eagles split their tough MAC Red division contests with tough matches against Red co-champs GP South and St. Clair, both very close 3-5 setbacks.

Five tournament championships and one runner-up finish were also part of the team’s regular season success. The team ultimately reached their goal with a strong performance at regionals earning 6 flight championships and out scoring runner-up Stoney Creek 21-18 to claim the Regional Title, Ike’s first since 2004. 

The team earned Academic All-State honors with a collective 3.62

All five seniors earned Macomb County Dream-Team honors.

 Evan Shallow and Josh Donahue had strong seasons at the top of the singles line-up and Toby Layson, Austin Hornfisher and Anthony Franco led the way at the top of the doubles lineup. All were four-year tennis players for the Eisenhower team,  with Shallow and Donahue earning a varsity letter every year.