Girls State Tennis: Southland duo to Round of 16
By Josh Krockey For Sun-Times Media October 18, 2012 10:18PM
Tinley Park's Haley Wilcox competes during Day 1 of the Girls State Tennis Tournament. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 20, 2012 10:56AM
Gaby Rosales had little trouble justifying her lofty status Thursday at the Girls State Tennis Tournament.
A 9-16 seed, Rosales dropped just five games in posting three straight-sets victories on the opening day of play.
The outcomes enabled the junior to qualify for the Round of 16 on Friday in the meet contested at 14 northwest suburban sites, including host Buffalo Grove.
“My motivation is to be better than last year,” said Rosales, who was eliminated in the third round of the backdraw as a sophomore.
“I tried to play smarter. I didn’t try to kill the ball. It was kind of windy, so I just tried to work through the points more.”
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Adesuwa Osabuohien, another 9-16 seed, also advanced to the fourth round of the championship bracket.
H-F (14) was the top Southland squad, holding fifth place, the same spot it finished last season.
Rosales capped her performance with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Oak Park’s Samantha Schafer. In the fourth round, Rosales is slated to take on Mundelein’s Ari Dechter, a 5-8 seed, at Hersey.
“She’s just very focused, very determined,” Marian Catholic coach Scott Bodnar said of Rosales. “She’s playing even better than we expected.”
Osabuohien swept her first and last matches. The middle one, however, proved to be quite a struggle. She trailed Joliet Catholic’s Harley Hutchison 4-2 in the third and deciding set before rallying for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.
Osabuohien’s fourth-round opponent is Alex Solovyev, of Hinsdale Central, a 5-8 seed.
Faith Huckabee and the doubles tandem of Sophia Osabuohien and Timara Maxwell qualified for the fourth and third rounds, respectively, for H-F in the consolation bracket.
“If we repeat what we did last year, that would be very good; I’d be happy with that,” H-F coach Don Baron said. “I’d also be disappointed if we didn’t finish in the top 10.”
Four other local area doubles teams and three local singles players also qualified for the consolation bracket.