URBANA – Junior Katarina Marjanovic, The News-Gazette's reigning Area Player of the Year, is the stalwart for Urbana's girls' tennis team.
But if her teammates continue to make the type of progress they showed last weekend, the Tigers could have a productive autumn.
CHAMPAIGN – Some things just go well together.
Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Kermit and Miss Piggy. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – A historic run ended for Centennial's top doubles team at the IHSA state tennis tournament Saturday.
David Ruedi and Quinn Miller were defeated 7-5, 6-0 in a quarterfinal consolation bracket match against Hinsdale Central's Dan Ballantine and Ian Tesmond. The loss stopped the Chargers from completing the three wins they needed for a fifth-place finish. Still, Centennial coach Don Waybright found positives.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The Centennial doubles tandem of David Ruedi and Quinn Miller need three victories today to secure fifth place at the IHSA championships.
Ruedi and Miller started Friday's play unbeaten in the tournament and kept the momentum going in a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory against Oak Park-River Forest's Tim Martin and Devin Jones. The Chargers won the tiebreak 7-0.
URBANA – If they were looking for a tuneup for next weekend's state tournament, Centennial's doubles tennis team of David Ruedi and Quinn Miller got one Saturday.
After breezing to a Big 12 title at last weekend's conference tournament, Ruedi and Miller were tested en route to an IHSA sectional title.
NORMAL – David Ruedi breezed to a win at No. 1 singles to lead Centennial to the title at the Big 12 Tennis Championships.
Ruedi combined with Quinn Miller to take the No. 1 doubles title. Miller also provided a spark for the Chargers, taking the crown at No. 2 singles.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial coach Don Waybright had a decision on his hands.
He could leave his top singles players, junior David Ruedi and senior Quinn Miller, apart and let them compete in singles in next month's postseason series. Or, he could put them together to compete in doubles, forsaking the singles route.
URBANA – It's not too surprising that Katarina Marjanovic became a tennis player.
The sport is a Marjanovic family institution. The family affectionately calls Atkins Tennis Center – where they play and volunteer regularly – their second home.
DANVILLE – Junior Lisa LeCleir can tell you how competitive girls' tennis has become.
Danville's No. 1 player has met up with some tough opponents so far this season. But don't feel bad for her 5-5 singles record just yet. She is prepared for the challenge.
CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial and Champaign Central get together for a tennis dual match today, more than just intracity bragging rights will be on the line.
Centennial's first-year coach is Jill Harms, a former Grinnell College player who was a standout at Central under current Maroons coach Gary Day.