Chart Toppers: Best girls' tennis tandems
Today's topic: Best area girls' tennis tandems, courtesy Tony Bleill
Allison Hansen & Maria Mears
Hansen has established herself as the Big 12's clear No. 1 singles player. Paired with the veteran Mears, the Chargers duo ran roughshod through the field at last weekend's Big 12 meet at No. 1 doubles. Look for Hansen to play singles at Saturday's sectional.
Emma Peck & Bethany Sexton
They're 14-5 after finishing second to Hansen and Mears at the Big 12, but they've been a key reason the Vikings have finished undefeated in duals in back-to-back seasons. The team to beat at the sectional, if they eschew singles. Peck went to state with Melissa Fuesting a year ago.
Nelli Golmeeva & Samantha Emery
A state berth seems a real possibility for the Maroons' duo (Golmeeva went with Kathleen Rowland in 2009), if they choose the doubles route. They're 8-8 after placing fourth at No. 1 in the Big 12, and one or two of the tandems that finished above them likely won't be together for the postseason.
Rachael Lewis & Courtney Hart
Lewis, the Vikings' No. 2 singles player, is a freshman. Hart is a sophomore. Talk about a bright future. Now 14-8, they placed third at No. 2 in the Big 12, and they figure to take over at No. 1 next fall when Peck and Sexton graduate. Look out, Big 12.
Sanjana Anil & Michaela Kearney
Their resiliency was tested in the third-place match at the Big 12, when they nearly knocked off Lewis and Hart before falling 6-4, 6-3. Anil, a sophomore, figures to pair with Hansen next season at No. 1.