Girls State Tennis: Marian’s Rosales reaches quarterfinals
By Josh Krockey For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2012 11:12PM
Marian Catholic's Gaby Rosales competes Friday at the girls state tennis tournament. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:38AM
Gaby Rosales added a bit of luster to her already impressive run in the Girls State Tennis Tournament on Friday.
Playing indoors because of rain, the junior from Marian Catholic went the limit to upset Mundelein’s Ari Dechter, a 5-8 seed, in a fourth-round match in Hanover Park.
The win enabled Rosales, a 9-16 seed, to advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday against No. 2 seed Alex Chatt, of Lyons, last year’s runner-up.
“She’s already played above her seed, so she can go out and have fun with it,” Marian coach Scott Bodnar said. “She’s got as good a chance as anyone. We’ve just got to keep her loose and enjoy the moment.”
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Adesuwa Osabuohien came up short in her fourth-round contest, losing in three sets to Hinsdale Central’s Alex Solovyev, a 5-8 seed.
Dechter had breezed into the Round of 16 on the heels of three straight-sets victories in which she had surrendered just seven games.
She took the opening set against Rosales 7-6, winning the tiebreaker 6-4. Rosales, however, roared back to take the next two sets by scores of 6-3 and 7-5.
“She never gives up. She never gets down” Bodnar said. “You rarely see her frustrated. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her mail it in.”
Osabuohien, a 9-16 seed, was primed to equal Rosales’ feat, but ultimately fell short. The senior won the first set 6-4, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as Solovyev, who finished third in 2011, took the final two sets 6-3 and 6-2.
The defeat dropped Osabuohien into the sixth round of the consolation bracket.
H-F teammate Faith Huckabee, who didn’t play Friday, is in the fourth round of the backdraw.
The Vikings doubles team of Sophia Osabuohien and Timara Maxwell advanced to the fourth round of consolation play after topping Rosary’s Andrea Goyao and Megan Conlin 6-3, 6-3.
Their victory helped H-F (15 points) maintain a share of fifth place, just two points behind Glenbrook South.
T.F. South’s Bryttish Burts won twice to qualify for the fourth round in the consolation bracket.