Girls tennis: H-F wins Lincoln-Way East tournament
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media September 14, 2013 9:36PM
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Allison Lessner claimed third place in first singles in the 16-team Lincoln-Way East Invitational Saturday. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2013 7:01AM
The way Homewood-Flossmoor senior Allison Lessner sees it, there was plenty of great competition at the 16-team Lincoln-Way East tournament Saturday.
But experience was on her side.
Lessner was the highest south suburban singles finisher in the 10-hour-plus tournament as she claimed third place in the No. 1 singles division and helped her team to the team title in Frankfort.
The Vikings doubles combo of Sophia Osabouhein and Timara Maxwell won first doubles, and Brittany Henry and Kaela Mack took the second doubles title to help H-F pile up 25 points. Sandburg finished second with 20 points followed by Oswego East (19), Stagg and Lincoln-Way East (18 points each).
Lessner had a hiccup when she dropped a 7-6 (4), 6-3 semifinal contest to Jacobs’ Ashley Kosy but in her other three matches she dominated her opponents by a combined score of 36-2.
“I have a lot of experience in tournaments, especially in (the United States Tennis Association) all year,” Lessner said. “Some girls just don’t have the experience. They are all good players but they don’t have the experience.
“In the semifinal, the first set was so close and in the second game I got frustrated and I tried to pull it together and I tried some new things. With that, you give up some points when you try new things. You take bigger risks.”
Hope Ritter, of Lincoln-Way East, took sixth place. She was seeded fifth in the tournament.
“Overall, I thought I did well,” Ritter said. “I played (Stagg’s Nicole Pamphiis) early in the year and I thought I played much better against her in the fifth-place match today.”
H-F has been an area power for years and is eyeing a top-3 finish in the state. So far, coach Don Baron likes what he sees.
“We’re going well and the goal is to try to get better every week,” he said. “There are still a few spots we have to iron out by the end of the season but they have been working hard at it. They have to understand that we all have weaknesses we have to improve on — coaching included. We need to keep our eyes on the prize and stay levelheaded.”
Stagg’s Jillian Atkenson claimed the second singles title, beating four opponents by a combined score of 48-6.
Oswego’s Sajela Harlow beat Kosy, 6-0, 6-0 to win the No. 1 singles title.