Girls State Tennis: Providence players alive in consolation bracket
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 8:14PM
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:49AM
Providence players couldn’t beat the cream of the crop Thursday, but they still hope to be a factor in the consolation rounds.
Singles player Hannah Davis fell 6-3, 6-0 in a second-round match to the state’s second-seeded player, Tiffany Chen, of Naperville Central, during Day 1 of the Girls State Tennis Tournament.
Celtics twin sisters and doubles partners Kelly and Maggie Ruane were unseeded and knocked off by Morgan Colbert and Maddie Lombardi, of Edwardsville, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, then dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to top-seeded Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch, of Stevenson.
If the Ruanes and Davis continue winning their consolation-round matches Friday and Saturday, they could finish as high as fifth in the state. They’re guaranteed top-48 status.
“It was a great day. The girls are excited,” Celtics coach Ben Thompson said. “The twins played a new level — a level they hadn’t seen before — against the Stevenson team and it’s a level they will hopefully see a lot of when they get to college next year.
“Hannah was tied with Chen 3-3 before Chen started pulling away. The wind was a great neutralizer at the beginning. Only one side of the court was winning all of the games. Finally, Chen figured out how to break through on that side.”
Providence was tied for 19th place after the first day, which is the best by a Joliet-area team.
“Being in the top 20 — especially for a south suburban team — is a big goal. I hope we can keep this going,” Thompson said.
Falling in the second round were the doubles teams of Hailey Bruining and Britney Kupiec, of Lockport; Maddie Bauer and McCoy Hutchison, of Joliet Catholic; and Monica Davy and Leah Lines, of Morris.
Lincoln-Way East’s Hope Ritter had a tough first-round exit. She lost to Mendon Unity’s Nikita Berger 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Just three of the tournament’s 64 first-round singles matches went three sets.