The Lyons Township High School girls tennis team won its own sectional in convincing fashion with 28 points as the Lions’ top two singles players and doubles teams all qualified for the IHSA state finals at Buffalo Grove High School this weekend (Oct. 22-24).
LTHS junior Andjelija Bozovic defeated sophomore teammate Joie Reisch 6-2, 6-3 in the singles championship match. The doubles final was an all LTHS affair as well with senior Stefana Vasic and freshman Lahari Yelamanchili cruising past senior Sophie Allison and junior Maggie Morris 6-0, 6-1.
“We did as well as we expected to do,” Allison said about the sectional final loss. “We played hard and it was really good practice to prepare for state. We felt really good out there. I knew we were going to keep a positive attitude and not give up. We’ve seen what our team can do and I think we can have a lot of success down at state.”
Roadrunners send six players to state finals
Nazareth (18 points) comprised the rest of the state qualifiers from the sectional with third and fourth place finishes in both the singles and doubles flights.
The Roadrunners’ Julie Saladino edged Carlie Wilson 7-5, 6-4 to earn third place in singles, while Juliana Petrovic and Mary Mullarkey bested Katie Swade and Lily Franko 7-5, 6-1 in the third-place doubles match.
Bulldogs’ adaptability, teamwork highlight season
Riverside-Brookfield finished sixth at the sectional with six points. The Bulldogs finished with a 12-5 record this season, won the RB and Leyden Invite championships, and took second at the Bolingbrook Invite.
Juniors Caroline Willinger and Samantha Miezio were the top singles players for RBHS, while the doubles teams of Radka Pribyl Pierdinock/McKenna Powers and Kathryn Sessler/Lilly Holubek also played well for the Bulldogs this fall.
“It was really a team sport this year for us,” RBHS coach Bob Hegner said. “When we won the RB Invite, the highest we had someone finish was in third place while the other teams had people finish both above and below us. It really showed that each individual performance can help our team overall.”
The Bulldogs’ success is even more impressive considering the team traveled daily to the Oak Brook Tennis Center for practice and home matches due to construction of Kennelly Athletic Complex at RBHS.
“The best thing I’ve seen from this team is how adaptable the girls were this year,” RBHS coach Bob Hegner said. “I’ve had a lot of good teams but these girls were exceptionally good. We had girls that improved so much since last year. That really made it a fun season for us.”
Marist (14), Reavis (12), Morton (8), Argo (6), Oak Lawn Richards (4), Queen of Peace (4) and Oak Lawn 2) rounded out the field of teams at the sectional.