URBANA — For a three-time defending champion, Danville didn’t come into this weekend’s Big 12 girls’ tennis championship with much confidence.
A ragged effort against Normal Community earlier in the week had coaches and players wondering if their title streak was in jeopardy.
“We had a long chat after (Tuesday’s) match,” Danville coach Mark Bacys said. “I told them for a team that was supposed to be the cream of the crop, we weren’t having much fun. I told them as long as they had fun and came out and competed and cheered for each other, good things would happen.”
Did they ever.
In control from start to finish, the Vikings won six brackets — three doubles, three singles — to claim their fourth consecutive Big 12 title. They celebrated with a team dinner at Jupiter’s in southwest Champaign.
“This was a dominating performance,” Bacys said. “Every year you set out to win it. But you don’t know if it will happen.”
The Vikings erased any doubts Friday night, claiming all three doubles divisions.
“That set the tone in a pretty big way,” Bacys said. “I thought going in if we would win one of them, I’d be very happy.”
Rachael Lewis won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Taylor Ellis to win at No. 1 doubles. Ellis also won at No. 3 singles.
Amy Shah won at No. 2 singles and teamed with Neha Patel to win at No. 2 doubles.
Katie Koebrich and Amanda Vadeboncoeur captured the No. 3 doubles title.