The Lady Eagles tennis team completed their Mid-Illini conference schedule with a decisive 7-2 victory over the visiting Lady Potters. The win completes the 6-0 regular season record for the Eagles.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our girls and our program,” said Dunlap coach, Pat Gornik. “This group has come a long way from last year. We accomplished this feat 2 seasons ago, but this team was much different. We’ve gotten a lot more experienced and it has shown in our results. Only Taylor and Katie were playing on varsity 2 years ago, so to say we’ve had some turnover is a bit of an understatement. That experience and leadership by those two (Disharoon & San Jose) has allowed players like Emily (Yu) and Maggie (Waller) to really thrive. The girls aren’t asked or expected to do more than they are able to, and that allows us to play more loosely.”
Taylor Disharoon started the scoring for the Eagles, finishing her first match of the day, 6-0, 6-0 (Disharoon would later play Princeville’s Tori Doscotch and win, 6-0, 6-1). After the first match was finished, the wins began to fall Dunlap’s way like dominoes. Sonia Theodorof (6 singles) came off next, followed by Emily Yu (2 singles), Regan Duchaine (4 singles), Katie San Jose (3 singles), and Alexa Kolesiak (5 singles).
Double winners were Emily Yu and Katie San Jose, who teamed up at #1 doubles to take home a victory, 6-1, 6-4. “The doubles didn’t quite go the way we hoped from top to bottom, but we clinched the match in singles, which was our goal from the start,” said Gornik. “Not having to play Taylor and Regan in doubles allows us to keep them fresh and healthy as the postseason draws closer. We’ve been battling a few nagging injuries and sicknesses, so the time has helped….though I don’t think I’d like to wait 2 more weeks before our next match.”
Dunlap was last in action on September 17th at Limestone (9-0 victory) and has had the last two weekends rained out. “I hate to go THIS long between matches, but I find solace in the fact that basically everyone else in the state has been in the same boat these past two weekends. We’re hopeful to get the Richwoods Invite in this weekend to keep up our stamina and get ready for conference and sectionals,” commented Gornik.
The Mid-Illini Varsity conference tournament is Saturday, October 12th.