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Family factor enhanced at state tennis tournament

Cousins Monica Davy and Leah Lines are headed back to the girls tennis state final tournament, and they are taking a third family member with them.

Davy and Lines were doubles champions at the Ottawa Sectional, which ran Friday and Saturday, earning their second straight berth at state. Along with the two juniors, Morris will be reprsented by freshman Megan Davy, who is the younger sister of Monica Davy and also the first cousin of Lines. Davy finished third in singles play at the sectional.

It is the first time more than one singles player or doubles team qualified for state from Morris in the same year since 1997, when the Redskins were represented by singles player Gina Ringer and the doubles tandems of Lexi Ventrees and Michelle Kern, and Erin Shay and Deanne Devine. Megan Davy is the first Morris singles qualifier since Michelle Lutz in 2010.

“I don’t know if I really expected myself to do as well as I did, but I was definitely excited,” Megan Davy said. “I didn’t really feel any pressure because I know that people really don’t expect as much from me as I’ve given, so it’s just kind of everything from here on out, or really from [the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Tournament] on out, has just been like icing on the cake for me, for my season.”

In becoming the first Morris sectional champions since Breanna Black and Lutz won at the 2009 Rochelle Sectional, Monica Davy and Lines went 4-0. They defeated Katherine Kaszynski and Jena Argubright of LaSalle-Peru 6-0, 6-1; Katie McGinn and Krissie Haddon of Coal City 6-2, 6-1; Bailey Bradish and Mariah Cavanaugh of Ottawa 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; and Katie Wellner and Anna Konczak of L-P 6-1, 6-1.

For Saturday’s finals, Davy and Lines said one of the biggest crowds they have ever played in front of was on hand to support them.

“Normally we do draw some of our family that comes and watches us,” Monica Davy said. “But having actual fans and our friends being there, supporting us, it made the experience so much more fun and enjoyable.”

The state tournament will run from Thursday until Saturday at the suburban District 211, 214 and 220 courts. Brackets will be posted on the IHSA website later in the week. Davy and Lines went 1-2 and did not qualify for Friday competition in 2012.

“Freshman year, we didn’t get to state, and we knew sophomore year we wanted to get there,” Lines said. “This year, our goal is to get to day two, and I’m pretty confident that we can because we know what to expect now.”

With 19 points, Morris finished second to Ottawa and its 25 in the team standings at the sectional. Coal City and Minooka tied for fifth place with eight points.

Morris singles player Emma Dingbaum won her first match over Lily Benig of Minooka, 6-1, 6-1, before falling to Rachel Dose of St. Bede. The Morris doubles team of Savannah Carter and Carly Williamson lost to Katie Wellner and Anna Konczak of LaSalle-Peru in the second round.

Both Minooka doubles teams made the third round before being eliminated. Alyssa Aspan and Lacey Viano won twice before bowing out to Bailey Bradish and Mariah Cavanaugh of Ottawa. Gabby Muir and Shannon Norton were winners over Maritsa Hermosillo and Molly Considine of St. Bede before falling to Wellner and Konczak. The other Minooka singles player, Janile Rogers, was defeated by Ali Kutz of L-P in the second round.

Coal City got a win from the doubles team of Katie McGinn and Krissie Haddon before losing to Davy and Lines. Carli McGinn earned a singles win over a Reed-Custer opponent before being eliminated by Whitney Lewis of Mendota.

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