Girls State Tennis: Joliet Catholic’s Hutchison keeps battling
By Josh Krockey For Sun-Times Media October 18, 2012 7:40PM
Joliet Catholic's Harley Hutchinson during her second-round match Thursday at the state tennis meet. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 20, 2012 10:55AM
Harley Hutchison showed some serious resolve Thursday during the opening day of the Girls State Tennis Tournament.
After suffering a heartbreaking loss in the second round, the senior from Joliet Catholic rebounded to qualify for the Round of 16 in the consolation bracket.
“As you go on and on, it gets tougher and tougher,” Joliet Catholic coach Mark Streitz said. “I can’t say enough about how she played today.”
Three other individuals and one doubles team representing the local teams also advanced in the meet, which is being contested at 14 northwest suburban sites, including host Buffalo Grove.
Hutchison opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Oswego East’s Jaiere Harlow. Up next was Homewood-Flossmoor’s Adesuwa Osabuohien, a 9-16 seed who had beaten Hutchison 6-1, 6-1 last year in their only previous meeting.
The match went the distance, with Hutchison taking a 4-2 lead in the final set. Osabuohien, however, took the final four games in posting a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
“I let it slip away,” Hutchison said. “That was the most disappointing thing because I had a chance to win.”
She quickly put the loss behind her in the backdraw, dropping just three games in a pair of straight-set wins.
That put her into the fourth round, where she is scheduled to play Young’s Kate Ushakova on Friday at Rolling Meadows.
“I want to make it as far as I can in the consolation bracket,” Hutchison said. “I’m really positive. I have a lot of people on my side. I’m ready to come out and beat some girls.”
Joliet West co-op’s Caitlin Shea and Bolingbrook’s Nneka Onyejiaka both went 2-1 on the day in qualifying for the third round of the consolation bracket.
Sisters Maggie and Kelly Ruane, of Providence, made it to the third round of the consolation bracket in doubles after winning two of three matches.
Joliet Catholic (6 points) was tied for 29th, its standing the best among area squads.