Girls Tennis: Lyons’ Alex Chatt earns No 2 seed for state tourament

Story Image Lyons sophomore Kristen Thoms returns a volley during the tennis sectional semifinals at Lyons Township High School South Campus in Western Springs on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

Updated: October 16, 2012 7:00PM



Alysa Straub and Alexia Petrovic are following the same script as a year ago, but their opponents may not be joining in.

The Nazareth girls doubles finished second in last year’s state tennis meet after spending much of the season as singles players.

Straub, a senior, and Petrovic, a junior, again this year played singles before the postseason.

On Saturday, Straub and Petrovic lost in the Lyons sectional semifinals, but qualified for their third state meet together after finishing third at the sectional with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hinsdale South seniors Emma Adcock and Andrea Wakim at Score Tennis and Fitness Center in Countryside.

Entering this year’s state meet, which begins Thursday, Straub and Petrovic are 6-1 as a tandem. They open the tournament at Buffalo Grove against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Gina Santarelli and Isabel Cross.

“We’ve only played a few matches (together),” Petrovic said. “We’re pretty much back into our regular mode again.”

Judging by the talent at the Lyons sectional, state doubles qualifiers again will have to look out for the Nazareth duo.

“I don’t think we played our best,” Straub said of the sectional.

“I’m excited (about state),” Petrovic said. “It’s a good experience. We have a good support system. I look forward to it. When you’re always at state, there is also a lot of pressure.”

In last year’s Hinsdale Central sectional, Straub and Petrovic lost in the final to Hinsdale Central’s Marika Cusick and Caroline Lorenzini, 6-1, 6-2. Cusick and Lorenzini then beat the Nazareth team again, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, to win their second consecutive state doubles title.

Adock and Wakim will compete in their first state meet together after Adcock went to state two previous times with since-graduated Kim Warpecha. Adock also is one-half of the defending state badminton champion doubles.

The Hornets pair was unseeded in the sectional, but advanced to state with a 6-0, 6-2 quarterfinal win over fourth-seeded Megan Hickey and Stefana Vasic from Lyons.

“At the beginning of the week, we both thought we had no chance,” Wakim said.

Adcock and Wakim open at Hersey against Jamie Noonan and Marybeth Galick of Providence.

Defending state runner-up Alex Chatt of Lyons rebounded from her only loss in the regular season to beat Hinsdale Central’s Alex Solovyev, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. Chatt, a junior and Kristen Thoms, a sophomore, both advanced to state.

Chatt received the state meet’s No. 2 seed behind Glenbrook South’s Caroline Ryba. Chatt opens the state meet at Hoffman Estates against York’s Annie Rivera.

Thoms beat Hinsdale Central’s Sophia Haleas 6-3, 6-4 for third place at the sectional. Thoms’ opener is at Schaumburg against Edwardsville’s Mallory Abert.

“I definitely feel a lot better after the sectional,” Chatt said. “It was a struggle, but I am happy I chose to play singles. I’m excited to go on to the state meet. It’s a fun tournament to play.”

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