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Morris tennis girls fall short of advancing at state

MT. PROSPECT – On one hand, they fell short of their goal of advancing to Friday’s competition. On the other, it was an improvement from last year.

Playing at Prospect High School, the Morris doubles team of Monica Davy and Leah Lines went 2-2 at the girls tennis state final tournament Thursday.

The duo won their first state match – something they did not do as sophomores in 2012 – and won again following a loss in the second round.

Davy and Lines would have survived another day with a win in the third round of the consolation bracket, but a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Meaghan Bedigian and Sara Furukawa of Naperville Central ended their season.

“I was hoping for that extra day here,” Davy said. “But we have something to work toward next year, and I couldn’t be more proud of my partner and the way we played our whole season.”

In the first set of the first round of the championship bracket, Davy and Lines were tested.

They narrowly defeated Madeline Wagner and Aleksandra Grabowski 7-6 (4) and finished them off with a 6-4 win in the second set.

The East Richland tandem of Kelsey Shipman and Alex Kauble lived up to its top-32 seeding in the second round as it dealt Davy and Lines a 6-2, 6-1 loss.

The Morris duo recovered to win 6-3, 6-1 over Becca Eller and Melissa Ringenberg of Metamora in second-round consolation-bracket play before Bedigian and Furukawa proved to be too much.

“We definitely learned a lot, and it was just an awesome experience this year,” Lines said. “I couldn’t have asked … well, I could have asked for something better, but it was just a great day, and I think we played really well [Thursday].”

At nearby Hersey High School, Megan Davy of Morris had stated goals of advancing for her first state appearance.

The freshman drew the third-seeded singles player, Annemarie Emme of Glenbrook South, in the first round and lost 6-0, 6-0. Davy then fell to Hope Ritter of Lincon-Way East 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the consolation bracket.

“In the second set, there was kind of like this breaking point for me where I just got really unfocused and I was in a different kind of state of mind for some reason,” Megan Davy said.

“I wasn’t really mentally ready for [Ritter] to keep fighting back. I think that was the part that I lost it, where I lost control over the outcome of the match and a possible third set. I think that if I ever played her again, it would definitely be a close one again.”

Morris totaled three total points, which earned the Redskins a tie for 60th place, as of Thursday evening, in the team standings.

“Overall, I think [Monica Davy and Lines] played well,” Morris coach Becky Ortega said.

“They had some great points out there. By the third match, I think they were a little tired. It’s been a long day. They tried to do their best and that’s all I can ask for.

“Megan played her heart out. She stayed in every point possible. ... We knew going in that that was going to be a tough match [against Emme], but she still had faith and she believed in herself and just stuck to it. I admire that for sure.”

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