Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial's Hansen shines at state tennis
In girls’ tennis
At suburban Chicago. Allison Hansen of Centennial fell one win short of advancing to the singles quarterfinals at the IHSA state tournament.
The Chargers senior won her first two matches in straight sets before losing to Sycamore’s Angela Ye 6-0, 0-6, 6-3 in the third round.
Hansen returns to action today in the fourth round of the consolation bracket.
“She had a great day,” Centennial assistant coach Tracy Tietge said. “She played with confidence. She was focused. She had a determination to do well.
“The last match was a tough match. It ended up being a loss, but she played really well, and she’s confident and excited going into Friday.”
Meanwhile, three of Danville’s four state qualifiers won a match during the opening rounds.
The doubles team of Rachael and Becca Lewis went 1-1 and held a 5-1 third-set lead when rain interrupted play for the day.
“They bounced back pretty well (from a first-match loss),” Vikings coach Mark Baycs said. “In the second match, the important part was they got their first state win over with.”
A year ago, the Lewises lost once and rain canceled all consolation matches.
“They were able to relax and were playing well in the third match. Anything can happen, but they were three points away from a win,” Baycs said.
The match will be resumed this morning, weather permitting.
The Vikings’ other doubles entry of Amy Shah and Neha Patel ended the day with a 1-2 record and was eliminated. They had a straight-set win against Effingham St. Anthony.
“The goal coming in was to get wins,” Baycs said. “They got one. We would have liked a little more, but we are thrilled with that. It is something to build on.”
In singles, both Danville competitors suffered elimination. Taylor Ellis went 1-2 for the day, and Courtney Hart was 0-2.
Ellis won a three-set decision against an opponent from Lincoln Way-East.
“Being a sophomore in her first trip up here, it was a great experience to see the next level and what she needs to do to win,” Baycs said. “She had a nice run.”
Though Hart was winless, she started with a 4-0 lead in her second match.
“We would have liked it to have turned out a little differently,” Baycs said, “but being here for the first time as a senior was a nice accomplishment.”
Hansen was the lone Charger to win on the first day. Freshman singles qualifier Lauren Neitzel went 0-2, as did the doubles teams of Sanjana Anil-Shelby Quigley and Emily Lydic-Sophie Kim.
Jeff Huth, Fred Kroner
Urbana University High 2, Manteno 1. The Illineks kept their season alive when Paul Seeley scored in overtime of a Class 1A sectional semifinal match at Danville. Seeley connected in the 97th minute on an assist from George Voulgaris.
“This team simply maintained their resolve,” Uni coach Phil Anders said. “Never got discouraged and stayed focused.”
Uni will face St. Joseph-Ogden for the sectional title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Schlarman High School. The Illineks will be playing in their fourth sectional final.
Manteno held a 1-0 lead at halftime in a match that began Wednesday but was suspended due to lightning. Manteno was unable to score again as Illineks goalkeeper Tristan Gurtler produced four saves.
“Tristan was fantastic,” Anders said. “Our defense shut down Manteno’s high-powered attack, and the midfield dictated the flow of the game.”
Uni tied the score in the 77th minute when Voulgaris converted on a corner kick by Randall Hornbaker.
“Randall served a perfect corner kick to George,” Anders said.
Centennial 0, Normal West 0. The Chargers (7-6-6) concluded their season with a scoreless tie at Normal in the completion of a weather-suspended match originally started Saturday.
The match resumed at the 29-minute mark of the first half, with neither team able to find the net. Centennial goalkeeper Andy Drackley, who had three saves, recorded his 10th shutout of the season.
Heritage 2, Bement 1. The Bulldogs lost 27-29, 25-16, 25-12 despite 14 blocks, 12 digs and six kills by Sabrina Hinton.
Salt Fork 2, Westville 1. The Storm rallied to defeat visiting Westville 15-25, 25-15, 25-20 behind Jenny Kimbro’s 15 digs and Jessica Muehlher’s five blocks.
Sullivan 2, Unity 0. Lexi Bussart’s three kills and three blocks led the Rockets in a 25-21, 25-13 home defeat. Emily Neuhauser had seven kills and 10 digs for Sullivan.
Chrisman 2, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0. Brett Bishop’s three blocks and five kills lifted the Cardinals to a 25-15, 25-14 home win.
St. Teresa 2, Argenta-Oreana 0. Brooke Ulrey had 12 digs for the Bombers in a 25-18, 25-10 road defeat.
Bismarck-Henning 2, Armstrong-Potomac 0. Maranda Witty had six kills and seven digs for the Blue Devils in a 25-16, 25-12 home win. Meghan Vinson had eight digs for A-P.
Olympia 2, Rantoul 0. ChaQuera Cross had 20 digs for the Eagles in a 26-24, 25-22 home defeat.
Arthur-Lovington 2, Arcola 1. Sherelle Coller’s 32 assists and Karly Goodman’s 12 kills rallied A-L to a 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 home win. Taylor Edwards led Arcola with 14 kills and 19 digs.
Eureka 2, Prairie Central 1. The Hawks fell at home 26-28, 25-21, 25-22 despite 13 kills by Laura Crane and 10 digs by Katie Kupferschmid.
Normal U-High 2, Mahomet-Seymour 0. Elise Dahlke had 11 kills and three blocks for the Bulldogs in a 25-21, 25-21 home loss.
Meridian 2, Tuscola 0. Hannah Scribner had five kills and four blocks for the Warriors in a 25-19, 25-19 road loss.
Schlarman 2, Oakwood 0. Jordan Marganski’s double-double (12 kills, 14 assists) lifted the Hilltoppers to a 25-9, 25-16 road win. Peyton Jones led the Comets with five kills and four blocks.
Okaw Valley 2, Villa Grove 1. Kelsey Dees had five kills and seven digs for Villa Grove in a 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 home loss.
Tri-County 2, Cerro Gordo 0. Amber Meyer’s 20 assists and Autumn Meyer’s 11 digs led the Titans to a 25-11, 25-10 home win.
In SVC tournament at Paxton
St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Iroquois West 0. Nicholle Brown’s 10 kills and Sydney Stone’s 23 assists propelled the Spartans to a 25-23, 25-21 win.
St. Thomas More 2, Cissna Park 1. Lexi Wallen’s double-double (12 kills, 18 digs) boosted the Sabers to a 25-19, 18-25, 25-18 victory. Hannah Murray had 33 assists and Katie Gillette contributed 20 digs for STM. Gabbi Jennings led Cissna Park with 12 digs.
Cissna Park 2, Iroquois West 0. The Timberwolves won 25-22, 25-22 in the consolation bracket behind Hillary Hines’ seven kills and four blocks. Elena Sanchez had 12 digs for IW.
St. Thomas More 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 0. Louisett Lukusa and Courtney Wax combined for 17 blocks for the Sabers in a 25-16, 25-21 semifinal win. Wallen added 15 kills and nine digs. Brown led SJ-O with seven kills.
In Heart of Illinois Tournament at Tremont
Blue Ridge 2, Fieldcrest 1. Gabby Pearl had 10 blocks and Chandler Morrow contributed 17 digs as the Knights advanced to the fifth-place match with a 21-25, 25-23, 15-10 win.
Ridgeview 2, GCMS 1. Payton Baillie had nine digs for the Falcons in a 25-21, 14-25, 15-9 consolation-bracket loss. Taylor Hastings led Ridgeview with 14 digs and six kills.
Fisher 2, Flanagan-Cornell 0. The Bunnies advanced to the consolation championship with a 25-19, 25-16 win. Gina Masko led Fisher with 10 digs.
LeRoy 2, Ridgeview 0. LeRoy reached the consolation championship with a 25-16, 25-16 win. Kaylin Vallero had 13 digs for the Panthers.