The Dunlap Lady Eagles tennis team came within one point of winning the Richwoods Invite on Saturday.
“I’m incredibly happy with how our ladies played. They’re showing a lot of improvement since we started this fall. We’re controlling more of what we can control and making strides in not focusing on what we cannot control,” said Dunlap coach, Patrick Gornik. “We had a few girls out for the weekend, so a second place finish is really tremendous for us. It shows the effort girls put into our preparation for days like this. We purposely don’t focus on being favorites or underdogs – the results will fall where they do. As long as we take care of our side of the net, we can be happy with the outcome either way.”
Reigning Journal Star Player of the Year, sophomore Taylor Disharoon won the #1 singles bracket, losing only 8 games in 6 sets. “Taylor was hitting a great ball today. When I saw the draw earlier this week, I knew it would be a challenge for us to even get to the finals – both the Quincy girls (Olivia Clayton – QHS and Clair Moore – QND) are great players. Clayton beat Taylor earlier in the year, so I think she was ready for a chance to avenge the loss and that’s just what she did today,” remarked Gornik.
Fellow sophomore, Regan Duchaine finished 6th in the #2 singles bracket. “Regan had the toughest luck out of anyone on our team. The draw was not real great for us – Regan played the eventual champion in the first round. They should have probably met in the finals, looking at the other scores, but they didn’t,” said Gornik. “That’s why we play the matches. We had our chances but couldn’t quite convert – we’ll learn from it and get better because of it.”
The duo of Katie San Jose and Emily Yu finished 2nd in the #1 doubles draw. “I’m incredibly proud of their finish – Katie has been a fantastic partner to teach Emily how to play dubs. Emily’s been taking great strides in her game & we’re looking forward to Em & Katie peaking over the next three weeks.”
For just the second time this season, Harshini Subramanian and Raina Zhang paired up to take on the #2 doubles bracket, finishing 3rd out of 8 teams. “These girls did amazing on such short notice and experience. Their only match together prior to today was against Morton on Wednesday,” remarked Gornik. “As they played together more, they gelled more cohesively. They’ve both been playing doubles for us all season, but with different partners. Late in the week, both their partners ended up out of the line-up for different reasons. They both stepped up and took on the challenge. The last match, beating Morton’s team (Loudermilk and Hoffmire) was great for them, because they just lost to another Morton team earlier this week.”