Girls State Tennis: Sixth place for Marian Catholic’s Rosales
By Josh Krockey For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2012 10:40PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:39AM
Gaby Rosales went all out Saturday.
Playing at three locations from morning till night, the Marian Catholic junior finished sixth in the Girls State Tennis Tournament hosted by Buffalo Grove.
“I’m very proud of her and we’re all real proud of her,” Marian coach Scott Bodnar said. “She did a great job for herself and the team.”
The Spartans accumulated 13 points in tying for 17th place.
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Faith Huckabee was the other area standout, reaching the Round of Eight in the consolation bracket. Her performance helped the Vikings (18 points) earn a share of seventh place, tops among area squads.
Rosales’ inspired run began after losing to second-seeded Alex Chatt, of Lyons, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at the home site.
Playing eight-game “pro sets” the rest of the way, Rosales posted a pair of wins at Rolling Meadows before suffering a 7-5 loss to Lake Forest’s Elizabeth Zordani, a 5-8 seed. The last two games were held indoors in Wilmette.
“She’s a tough girl; she plays hard all the time,” Bodnar said. “She’s a great kid to be around, is very coachable, very committed.”
Huckabee won three of four matches, the first a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 decision over Oswego East’s Sajela Harlow.
Huckabee then posted two more wins under pro set rules before falling 8-5 to Annemarie Emme, of Glenbrook South.
“We’re just extremely proud of her,” H-F coach Don Baron said. “She carried us on her back, shouldered the load for us.”
H-F’s remaining participants lost their only contests. Adesuwa Osabuohien, a 9-16 seed, injured her right wrist and had to withdraw in the sixth round of consolation play.
In doubles, Sophia Osabuohien and Timara Maxwell were swept in the fourth round of the backdraw.
T.F. South’s Bryttish Burts also fell in her lone contest, a fourth-round consolation match.