Dunlap passes Lady Panthers for third

Bryan Veginski
Winning formula: Washington junior Paige Marchini makes a return Saturday for the girls tennis team in the quarterfinals of No. 2 doubles in the Mid-Illini Conference tournament at Illinois Central College. Marchini teamed with sophomore Katie Vroman to place fourth.

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.

Mid-Illini tournament

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.