Girls Tennis: York’s Maria Avgerinos dukes out third-straight sectional singles title

Updated: October 13, 2012 7:17PM

Saturday’s gloomy weather didn’t rain on the Dukes’ parade.

Despite wet conditions that moved the York Sectionals from the outdoor courts at Berens Park to indoors at Courts Plus, the York girls tennis team cruised to its seventh consecutive Sectional title with a score of 36.

Duke standout Maria Avgerinos won her third-straight singles title in commanding fashion, defeating fellow teammate Annie Rivera 6-0, 6-0.

Remarkably, the senior never dropped a game in her entire Sectionals appearance and is geared to make a top-16 run at the State meet, which begins on Oct. 18.

“She’s playing at a high level right now,” girls tennis head coach Tres Heimann said. “She’s really worked hard at it. She’s very motivated, very determined.

“Her serve, she’s serving huge right now, better than I’ve seen her serve before,” added the fourth-year coach.

The Dukes also advanced its No. 2 singles sophomore Rivera, as well as both its doubles teams to State hosted by Buffalo Grove High School.

Battling for the doubles title were tandems Gabby Riek-Ellen Barry against Maria’s younger sister Angela Avgerinos-Blaire Porter.

It was York’s No. 2 doubles duo of Avgerinos and Porter who took the crown with a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

The Dukes (16-11, 3-3) finished third in the West Suburban Silver conference, and the memories of Avgerinos’ semifinal loss haven’t faded.

Avgerinos dropped a tight fight, 4-6, 6-3 (11-9), with conference champion Alex Chatt from Lyons.

After finishing in the top-32 and earning All-State honorable mention at State last year, Syracuse-bound Avgerinos wants to leave everything on the court.

“I’m a little nervous because I want to do better than in years past, but I have to set those nerves aside,” Avgerinos said. “It’s kind of just to go for it. It’s your last year, and you want to leave your mark.”

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