Girls Tennis: State tourney tough to forecast for locals
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 17, 2012 7:34PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Faith Huckabee. l File photo
Girls State Tennis
When: Thursday to Saturday
Where: 14 northwest suburban sites (Buffalo Grove will host Saturday semis and finals).
(seeds in parentheses)
Singles: Haley Wilcox, Andrew; Lexi Chionis, Lisa Chionis, Chicago Christian; Faith Huckabee (17-32), Adesuwa Osabuohien (9-16), Homewood-Flossmoor; Hope Ritter, Lincoln-Way East; Olivia Knuth, Lincoln-Way North; Emily Maynard, Lincoln-Way West; Caroline Plecki, Lockport; Gaby Rosales (9-16), Marian Catholic; Caitlyn Schaffer, Marist; Hannah Davis, Providence; Nicole Pamphilis, Stagg; Bryttish Burts, T.F. South.
Doubles: Shari Coughlin/Alex Giesey, Andrew; Allison Lessner/Kaela Mack, Sophia Osabuohien/Timara Maxwell, Homewood-Flossmoor; Grace Hilgenbrink/Sarah Florek, Lincoln-Way Central; Sam Pietruszynski/Randi Slager, Gina Sipka/Kim Stremme, Lincoln-Way North; Kelsey Forkin/Kat Samardzija, Lockport; Giselle Beebe/Megan Melby, Marian Catholic; Mariclare Touhy/Courtney Foggie, Marist; Maggie Ruane/Kelly Ruane, Jamie Noonan/Marybeth Galick, Providence; Marissa Garoufalis/Molly Traverso, Clare Kost/Shannon McKane, Sandburg; Vicky Kulbokas/Jillian Atkenson, Stagg; Andrianna Johnson/Amirah Ali, T.F. South.
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:13PM
Although a large contingent of Southland teams and individual entered in the Girls State Tennis Tournament have goals and aspirations, the recurring wish this year is for a dry weekend.
Two of the last three years, the consolation bracket has been canceled and some matches forced inside because of the weather.
“We hope for no rain,” Lockport coach Bob Champlain said.
“After 33 years of coaching, I’ve seen how the weather and the draw affect your results,” Andrew coach Mike Maratea said.
This year’s installment begins Thursday at 14 sites throughout the northwest suburbs. The tournament is hosted by Buffalo Grove.
Homewood-Flossmoor took fifth in the state a year ago, but half of its six qualifiers will make their state meet debuts Thursday.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how they react,” H-F coach Don Baron said. “Our strongest suit this year is obviously our returning senior singles players Adesuwa Osabuohien and Faith Huckabee.”
Osabuohien, a 9-16 seed in the singles bracket, is 8-4 in state matches during her career, while 17-32 seed Huckabee has just one loss this season and seven state victories under her belt. The two will have to forge deep into the tournament if the Vikings are to match or better last year’s standing.
“They have both been in the tourney for four years now and have a wealth of experience,” Baron said. “I believe they both feel they have unfinished business to take care of at the tournament.”
H-F junior Allison Lessner leads a young and inexperienced pair of doubles teams into the tournament.
“We are very green at doubles, though Lessner has been in the tourney for the past two years and will assume a major leadership role,” Baron said. “They will learn fast, because once we do enter the tournament, it’s going to be intense.”
Marian Catholic junior Gaby Rosales, the H-F Sectional champion, has earned a 9-16 seed in her third trip to the state meet. Rosales is 5-2 in state matches over her career.
“Gaby is looking forward to going far into this year’s tournament,” Marian Catholic coach Scott Bodnar said.
Lincoln-Way North qualified five players for state while winning the Lincoln-Way East Sectional. The Phoenix qualifiers include seniors Olivia Knuth, Randi Slager, Gina Sipka and Kim Streme and junior Sam Pietruszynski.
Providence also qualified five individuals for the state meet. Included in the contingent are twins Kelly and Maggie Ruane, who are looking to make some noise as doubles partners during their second state appearance.
Sophomores Haley Wilcox of Andrew and Caitlyn Schaffer, of Marist, enter the state meet as sectional champs. Schaffer lost her only state match a year ago, while Wilcox is making her state meet debut.