Girls State Tennis: Consolation ending for Providence trio
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media October 25, 2013 8:52PM
Providence's tennis trio (from left) Hannah Davis and twins Maggie and Kelly Ruane. | File photo
Updated: November 28, 2013 6:48AM
Providence coach Ben Thompson was hoping for another long day of watching his athletes play tennis.
But that didn’t come to pass.
Celtics singles player Hannah Davis and the doubles team of sisters Maggie and Kelly Ruane represented the remaining Joliet-area players Friday during the second day of the girls state tennis tournament. Thompson was hoping they could play for a while and climb the ladder in the consolation rounds for a potential fifth-place finish.
Davis, however, dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Hinsdale Central’s Sophia Haleas in the fourth round of the consolation bracket.
The Ruanes, meanwhile, were eliminated by Kaneland’s Angelica Emmanouil and Madison Jurcenko 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round of consolation.
“Hannah’s match was one in which she played well but when it came down to 30-30 or any deuce points, the Hinsdale Central girl had another level she was able to bring her game to,” Thompson said. “Despite the lopsided score, it was a longer match. For her to finish in the top 128 as a freshman to the top 48 this year was a big jump.”
The Ruane twins had their opportunities against the Kaneland duo but fell short.
“This might have been one of their best fundamental matches they played this season,” Thompson said. “They lost, but I think they went out on their own terms.”
“It was hard knowing it’s our last match at Providence because we loved playing here for the last four years,” Kelly Ruane said. “But we were happy we could make it to the final 32 in the championship round.”
It was the fourth year Kelly made it downstate in doubles and the third year for Maggie. When they teamed up their sophomore season they formed a tough-to-beat squad.
“I could count on getting a win 90 percent of the time at No. 1 doubles,” the coach said. “They were leaders on the team and had great work ethic They are good, high-character kids.’’