Canton's tennis team gained the early upper-hand in the KLAA South Division title race Wednesday when it slipped by Plymouth, 5-4.
The Chiefs improved to 2-0 in the division heading into Friday's match against Westland John Glenn.
The Wildcats took three of four singles matches as Aaron Zhang won at No. 1, 6-4, 6-3, over Ryan Hansz; Matt Dawn swept Adam Payne, 6-3, 6-0, and Ian Fleming defeated Jordan Anderson, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4. Canton's lone singles victory came at No. 3 where Varun Bandri nipped John Lopus, 7-5, 7-5.
Plymouth was victorious at No. 1 doubles as Kyle Brezezenski and Kevin Standifer won a hard-fought match over Jimmy LaFontaine and Austin Payne, 7-5, 6-3.
The Chiefs swept the remaining doubles contests to seize the victory: Rocky Willette and Josh Wendel upended Drew Heist and Josh Heinze, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, at No. 2; Alan Halim and Ashwin Kumar knocked off Akash Yerakola and Mitch McKinstry, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3; James Dodge and Luke Freeman swept Cameron Earls and Josh Postel, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4; and Nirmal Pathak and Steve Price defeated Joe Klots and John Halpin, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5.
"I am proud of the boys' competitive energy and level of sportsmanship," said Canton coach Barb Lehmann. "Everyone on the entire team shows drive and determination. This is a great way to begin the tennis season and the school year."