Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Varsity Tennis finishes 2nd place at Richwoods Invitational


  Place Points
Quincy Notre Dame High School 1st 29
Dunlap High School 2nd 24
Champaign Central High School 3rd 23
Washington High School 4th 18
Morton High School 5th 15
Glenwood High School 5th 15

The rains held off on Saturday and let area teams compete for the first Saturday in nearly a month. Dunlap High School played surrogate host for the Richwoods Invite, which saw teams from central IL compete for the title.

“We were just thrilled to get on the courts and compete on a Saturday,” said Dunlap coach Pat Gornik. “It’s been way too long and we needed the experience, especially at this time of year. Getting ready for conference and sectionals, this event is huge for our girls. We can practice all we want, but need a chance to try out the things we’ve worked on and we got just that today. We had an opportunity to play both Regan and Taylor at #1 singles today, so our team score wasn’t as high as it could have been, but this time of year is all about experience. We’ve got our eyes on a bigger prize, though high finishes are always great.”

Dunlap had two finalists on the day, both in the top divisions, with Taylor Disharoon making it in #1 singles and the duo of Katie San Jose & Emily Yu making the finals in #1 doubles.

“Taylor had a great showing today. She only lost two games in two matches on the way to the final. In the championship, Taylor started out well, but then had a bit of a lapse in her play. She got up early and Gunn (Champaign Central) was able to make up the ground. Thankfully that pressure was able to get Taylor back into form and she clinched the set and rolled through the last set. Obviously you never want to have a lapse where your shots aren’t going in, but moments like that are incredibly important for any player. Taylor will be tested again at Conference and sectionals and now she can draw on some confidence that she’s been able to snap out of a funk before,” said Gornik. “I was incredibly proud of her results and happy she was able to capture the title.”

San Jose and Yu made it to the finals in a similar fashion to Disharoon, dropping only two games on the way to the championship. Quincy Notre Dame was waiting for the Eagles in the final. “Katie and Emily had a great start to the final. The first set was really how we want them to play and they were playing aggressive at the right times and on the right shots. I’m not quite sure what happened in the second set, but we flipped a switch in the wrong direction and stopped playing our game. Give credit to QND – they took advantage of our change in play style and took the second set from us. Unfortunately we didn’t have the tie-break that we’d have liked, but that’s tennis – some times you have it and some times they do. Second is still a great finish and we’ll be working this week to be able to bounce back on Saturday in the conference tournament.

The #2 duo of Maggie Waller and Alexa Kolesiak finished 3rd in their respective bracket. “I was thrilled with Maggie & Alexa’s finish – seeing their final match, they’ve got the stuff to give other teams fits as we close out our season. We’re still working on parts, but it was great to see a lot of their hard work pay off.”

Singles

No. 1 – Taylor Disharoon, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Nidhi Venigalla, GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;

No. 1 – Taylor Disharoon, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Lia Quintero, QUINCY NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-2, -;

No. 1 – Taylor Disharoon, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Olivia Gunn, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-0, -;

No. 1 – Olivia Gunn, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL def. Regan Duchaine, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 6-2, 6-1, -;

No. 1 – Regan Duchaine, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Casey Hoffmire, MORTON HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-2, -;

No. 1 – Regan Duchaine, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Nidhi Venigalla, GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;

No. 2 – Alexis Jones, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL def. Sonia Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 6-3, -;

No. 2 – Julie Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Sonia Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 2-6, 7-6 (9), 10-3;

No. 2 – Sonia Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Lauren Hudson, RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;

No. 2 – Jamie Steinkamp, QUINCY NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL def. Julie Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;

No. 2 – Julie Theodorof, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Jocelyn Nester, GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6;

Doubles

No. 1 – Katie San Jose – Emily Yu, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Sophia Suarez – Destiny Rush, RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;

No. 1 – Katie San Jose – Emily Yu, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Emma Crawford – Erin Durukan, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;

No. 1 – Abigail Ley – Clair Moore, QUINCY NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL def. Katie San Jose – Emily Yu, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6;

No. 2 – Alexa Kolesiak – Maggie Waller, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Rachel Zerenik – Isabella Titone, RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 6-2, -;

No. 2 – Olivia Ley – Evie Schuetz, QUINCY NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL def. Alexa Kolesiak – Maggie Waller, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-3, -;

No. 2 – Alexa Kolesiak – Maggie Waller, DUNLAP HIGH SCHOOL def. Lauren Schrage – Anna Chambers, GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-1,