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Girls Tennis: Providence’s Davis earns No. 1 singles crown

Providence’s Hannah Davis returns shot during Saturday’s Sandburg Invitational. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Providence’s Hannah Davis returns a shot during Saturday’s Sandburg Invitational. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 23, 2013 6:49AM



After a freshman season featuring second- and third-place finishes in tournaments, Providence’s Hannah Davis is ready to make her mark in 2013.

She took a big step toward that on Saturday afternoon.

The sophomore tore through the No. 1 singles bracket of the eight-team Sandburg Invitational, winning her first two matches 6-0, 6-0 and stopping Sandburg’s Molly Traverso 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match at Stagg High School in Palos Hills.

Davis held a 5-0 lead in the second set against Traverso, but the Sandburg senior was able to take two games in a row before Davis put the hammer down for the title.

Providence’s doubles team of Maggie and Kelly Ruane claimed the No. 1 doubles title with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sandburg’s Priya Sharma and Allia Abunaim.

After competing in duals and quadrangulars, Providence played its first invitational of the season and Davis dominated.

“I had a pretty good warmup,” she said. “I’ve been playing well all week. In the title match today, every game was close but I was able to finish strong. It’s been a good week for us. Our first doubles team and I beat the top doubles team and singles player from Benet on Thursday and that’s the first time that happened in six years. And now we all did well at this tournament.’’

Despite winning the No. 1 singles and doubles titles, Providence finished second in the tournament with 17 points.

Sandburg won the meet for the second straight year, racking up 23 points thanks to a wealth of depth in the other divisions.

Sandburg’s Natalie Schultz won the No. 2 singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over teammate Jasmine Abunaim, who played for the Sandburg Gold team. Sandburg entered a second team in the tournament after the Latin School from Chicago pulled out of the tournament Tuesday. Latin had won the Sandburg tournament eight of the last 10 years, according to Eagles coach Brian Ostrander.

Sandburg’s No. 3 doubles team of Nisha Riley and Jackie Makdah also won a title.

“I’m happy with the way we’ve played this year. I can’t say enough about our season,” Ostrander said. “We are 8-1 in duals. The three invitationals we played in, we finished second, second and first. We’re a successful team in the area.

“That usually doesn’t bode well when you get to the north side but this is our little Super Bowl down here and we’re doing good. This is fun. We see a lot of these teams. Next week, we’re in the Lincoln-Way North tournament and we’ll see them again. Last week we took second at Lincoln-Way East and that had 16 teams and some of them we will see three weeks in a row.”



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