Girls Tennis: Plainfield North places third in SPC
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 6, 2012 8:42PM
Romeoville's Olivia Zori returns a serve from Plainfield East during the 2012 SPC Conference Tournament hosted at Romeoville High School on Saturday. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:51AM
Plainfield North was the best of the rest at the Southwest Prairie Conference meet Saturday at Romeoville.
While Oswego East and Oswego battled it out for the team title for the fourth straight year, Plainfield North (18 points) took third for the fourth year in a row.
“Our girls played with a lot of heart,” Plainfield North coach Lauren Madawick said. “The girls worked hard. We wanted to break through into the top two of the conference. That was our goal. But Oswego East and Oswego are two very good programs.”
Plainfield North’s lone championship came from Manasa Bandapalle and Desiree Mamparo at No. 4 doubles. The team posted a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over Oswego East’s Marina Conde and Jordyn Whiteaker.
The Tigers’ No. 2 doubles team of Madi Sorlein and Sarah Holmes lost the championship match 6-2, 6-4 to Oswego’s Ashley Blocker and Leanne Schilling to take second.
Plainfield North’s Christina Morthorst took fourth at No. 1 singles after entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed. She finished fifth in the league last year.
“All the girls played just about to their seeds,” Madawick said. “We struggled in our second matches, but all of our doubles teams placed in the top three. That was encouraging. The goal today was to finish as high as we can and we did that at just about every position.”
Plainfield North’s Arial Na and Adila Esaak at No. 1 doubles and Cara Fazio and Kaitlyn Holmes at No. 3 doubles each placed third.
Minooka posted its highest SPC finish, taking fourth with 10 points. Shannon Norton and Gabby Muir teamed to take second at No. 3 doubles. The Indians had finished no better than sixth in the league since its inception.
Plainfield South’s Molly Sibley (No. 1 singles), Romeoville’s Agi Piatek (No. 2 singles) and Plainfield Central’s Haley McClain (No. 3 singles) each finished third.
Plainfield East (6 points), Plainfield Central (5.5), Plainfield South (5) and Romeoville (5) rounded out the field.