Girls Tennis: Tiffany Chen, Katie Lee mount unlikely comeback en route to Hinsdale Central title

Updated: October 13, 2012 9:51PM



Tiffany Chen and Katie Lee have only played five matches together, but Hinsdale Central’s No. 2 doubles team pulled off a mighty upset in the Lyons Sectional Saturday.

Chen and Lee fell behind 3-0 in the first set, but rallied to beat the defending state runner-up of Alexia Petrovic and Alysa Straub from Nazareth, 7-6, 7-6, in the semifinals of doubles play.

The match started Saturday morning at Lyons’ south campus in Western Springs, but due to rainshowers, play was moved indoors to the Score Tennis and Fitness Center in Countryside.

Chen, a senior, and Lee, a junior, took some advice from coach Robin Kramer in completing an improbable comeback.

“Coach said, ‘Play to win. Do not play to lose,’” Lee said she was told at the end of the first set.

Chen and Lee have played on-and-off as doubles partners over the past three years, but was able to use their chemistry to keep Petrovic and Straub out of rhythm.

The Nazareth duo did not adjust well to moving indoors.

“I don’t think we played our best,” Straub said. “We had to change from outdoors to indoors. It was 5-all in the first set [before the rain].”

Straub and Petrovic will make their third state meet appearance together, but have a 6-1 record this season after playing much of year at singles.

Two-time state champion Marika Cusick and Caroline Lorenzini of Hinsdale Central beat Chen and Lee 6-4, 6-3 for the sectional title. Cusick won her fourth sectional title at doubles after winning with Kristy Hamilton as a freshman.

Hinsdale Central won its 28th consecutive sectional title and also advanced singles players Alex Solovyev and Sophia Haleas.

Straub and Petrovic beat Hinsdale South’s Emma Adcock and Andrea Wakim in the third place match at the sectional.

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