Girls Tennis: Host Huskies dominate Oak Park-River Forest sectional
Updated: October 13, 2012 6:54PM
Nine schools competed in the Oak Park-River Forest Sectional on Saturday, but the host Huskies dominated the key matches, earning a clean sweep of the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles finals. The Huskies’ top singles player/No. 1 sectional seed Samantha Schafer defeated No. 2 seed Emily Uzer 6-2, 7-6 (3) of Parker in a match highlighted by powerful baseline exchanges. After taking the first set in convincing fashion, Schafer made enough clutch shots down the stretch to hold off the surging Uzer.
“I just wanted to focus in the second set and make the proper shot selection,” Schafer said. “It was a good match, and I’m thrilled that we’re going to state as a team”
The Huskies’ Hanna Gibson notched third place in singles with a victory against Marta Shoorgot of Fenwick. Shoorgot, who plays an unconventional game with plenty of slice shots and a defensive playing style, qualified for state on Friday via a thrilling 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Parker’s Evelyn Demirjian in arguably the sectional’s best match.
In doubles, the Huskies’ No. 1 team of Tess Trinka and Taylor Arends overwhelmed Fenwick’s Laura Gutierrez and Mia Sullivan 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match. In the semifinals, Trinka-Arends also cruised to victory 6-1, 6-0 over the Friars’ No. 2 doubles team Catherine Joss and Molly Wallach.
“They’re a really good team,” Sullivan said about the Huskies’ talented duo. “I think they have the potential to really go far at state. We’re still pleased that we made it the sectional final and we’ll have a chance to compete at state.”
Overall, OPRF won the sectional title followed by runner-up Fenwick, Parker, Lane and Proviso East/Trinity (tied for fifth) to round out the top five.
“It was a great sectional,” said Uzer, the lone state qualifier for Parker. “It was rainy (today) so luckily we were able to get these matches completed indoors. OPRF has an awesme team and really nice courts.”