Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Varsity Tennis finishes 11th place at IHSA State Tournament

  Place Points
Dunlap High School 11th 8

The Lady Eagles tennis team rode the wave of momentum all the way from the Geneseo sectional to the Northwest Suburbs for the IHSA state tennis tournament. The Eagles qualified three of four possible entries to the tournament; both singles entries (Taylor Disharoon & Regan Duchaine) and the doubles team of Emily Yu and Katie San Jose.

“Unfortunately none of our girls got seeded, but we were largely successful in avoiding seeds in the first round. Regan had a rough draw – playing the eventual 4th place finisher in the first round – but she got to see and play great tennis against a great player,” said Dunlap coach, Pat Gornik. “The major positive of not being seeded is that our girls didn’t have to play with that added pressure. There were few games where we played tight or nervous, which is all you can ask for at State. Players know coming up here that there are great players and you have to respect them coming into the match and just play your game.”

“Katie and Emily played some phenomenal matches over Thursday and Friday. They played a 9-16 seed in their second match, started hot but lost their mojo in the second set and couldn’t get their footing in the tiebreaker. Thankfully, we were able to win again and move on to Friday, despite being a match behind. Friday the girls woke up ready to work and took care of their first opponent pretty handily, which brought up the 3/4 seeded Boylan team that had been upset in an earlier round. We struggled to figure them out early, but once we did we were able to even things out at a set each. The tiebreaker was phenomenal – both teams played great tennis & unfortunately we just didn’t come out on top this time. We didn’t lose the match, Boylan won it, so I was satisfied with that.”

Despite having no seeded players and not winning any 4-point quarterfinal matches, the Eagles finished a point outside the top 10. Taylor Disharoon and the doubles team of Yu/San Jose finished 3rd team All-State for class A. Dunlap was the 4th highest finisher of public, boundaried schools – behind Villa Lakes, Ottawa & Teutopolis.

Regan Duchaine
Round Result Score Opponent(s) Points
1st rd. L 6-1, 6-0 Lucy Mitchell, Chicago (Latin) 0
1st rd. cons. L 6-4, 6-2 Natalie Cohn, Belleville (Althoff Catholic) 0

Taylor Disharoon
Round Result Score Opponent(s) Points
1st rd. W 6-2, 6-3 Laura Strenk, Wilmette (Regina Dominican) 2
2nd rd. L 6-0, 6-1 Emma Davis, New Lenox (Providence Catholic) 0
2nd rd. cons. W 6-0, 6-2 Diana Mossman, Teutopolis 1
3rd rd. cons. W 4-6, 6-2, (10-2) Lia Quintero, Quincy (Notre Dame) 1
4th rd. cons. L 6-1, 6-1 Savannah Webb, Richmond (R.-Burton) 0

Katie San Jose & Emily Yu
Round Result Score Opponent(s) Points
1st rd. W 6-4, 6-3 Rebekah Felty & Marta Johnson, Ottawa (Twp.) 2
2nd rd. L 6-7 (3), 6-0, 10-4 Olivia Hamm & Ellie Howland, West Chicago (Wheaton Academy) 0
2nd rd. cons. W 6-2, 6-2 Sara Neville & Audrey Pender, Joliet (Catholic Academy) 1
3rd rd. cons. W 6-2, 6-3 Ashlen Deluca & Nicole Knackstedt, Highland 1
4th rd. cons. L 6-3, 6-7 (3), 10-8 Natalie Muldowney & MiaBella Provenzano, Rockford (Boylan Catholic) 0