Dunlap passes Lady Panthers for third
The Washington girls tennis team bashed East Peoria Oct. 6.
The Lady Panthers advanced to 4-2 in Mid-Illini Conference duals with an 8-1 home win over the sliding Raiders.
Washington was unbeaten in singles play to hand East Peoria its fifth M-I loss in a row.
Chandler Duchaine/Brooke Schoenbeck (6-1, 6-4), Catrina Hollaway/Michelle Marchini (4-6, 6-1, 6-1) and Paige Marchini/Katie Vroman (6-3, 6-0) all were doubles winners.
Every Lady Panther victory in singles occurred in straight sets.
Hollaway (6-2, 6-4), Duchaine (6-1, 6-3), Vroman (6-1, 6-2), Michelle Marchini (6-3, 6-3) and Paige Marchini (6-2, 6-2) all triumphed.
The Lady Panthers fell from third place to fourth Saturday at Illinois Central College after the final rankings were computed.
Host Washington entered the league tournament with a one-point edge over Dunlap before the Eagles outscored them, 16-13, at the finale.
That turnaround gave Dunlap, which was 3-3 in duals, 10.5 points for the year, compared to 10 for the Lady Panthers.
Washington’s fourth-place finish was its second straight in girls tennis.
Duchaine posted the team’s best showing. She reached the No. 2 singles final before losing in two sets to Megan Nguyen of Metamora.
Hollaway and the Lady Panther duo of Paige Marchini and Vroman placed fourth.
In No. 1 singles, a three-set loss to Chelsea Hornecker dropped Hollaway to fourth.
Paige Marchini and Vroman were relegated to the same position in No. 2 doubles following a loss to Dunlap opponents in the third-place tilt.
Schoenbeck and Michelle Marchini performed better than their No. 6 seed by securing fifth-place status with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Nicki Alwan and Alejandra Martell of East Peoria.
Washington nipped Pekin by two points in the tournament.
Postseason: Washington will compete this weekend in the 10-team Richwoods Sectional.
The top four singles and doubles finishers advance to the Illinois High School Association state final, which begins Oct. 22.