ROCHELLE — The one method that Woman Hub tennis gamers Jordin Dickey and MeLisa Younger may attain the third spherical of the IHSA 1A Rochelle Sectional on Friday was to defeat two doubles gamers from Freeport who bested them in match play earlier within the week.
Rochelle and Freeport confronted one another on Tuesday, with Pretzel netters Amiah MIsek and Reese Coon topping Dickey and Younger in two units. The 2 doubles combos squared off as soon as once more Friday afternoon within the second spherical of the sectional event, however it was Misek and Coon who have been on the defensive, as Dickey and Younger claimed the primary set to take the lead.
The Woman Hubs fell behind late within the second set, trailing 5-4 earlier than an important break level tipped the scales briefly in Rochelle’s favor. The set in the end went to a tiebreaker level, with Dickey and Younger ending robust to win the purpose and the match 6-4, 7-6(2).
“We actually needed to beat the Freeport ladies as a result of we misplaced to them on Tuesday,” Younger mentioned. “Our intentions have been to exit and play our hardest and that’s what we did. We knew we needed to hit the ball the place they weren’t and maintain our depth up. It was a troublesome match, however it’s solely going to get more durable so now we have to come back again and proceed to do our greatest.”
Dickey and Younger are one in all two Woman Hub doubles pairs who’re nonetheless alive within the sectional event. The 2 juniors opened their facet of the bracket with a first-round victory over Newman Central Catholic’s Brynlee Hermeyer and Maddy Verdick (6-4, 6-3), overcoming an almost two-hour-long rain delay late within the second set of their match.
“We labored collectively rather well as we speak and we have been speaking to one another loads,” Dickey mentioned. “We solely made a couple of errors all through the day. Our serves have been actually robust towards the tip of the Freeport match and we have been actually hyped as much as win. So long as we maintain working collectively, I feel now we have an opportunity to come back again and play rather well.”
On the opposite facet of the bracket, senior Sawyer McGee and junior Sylvia Hasz clinched a top-4 sectional end after successful each of their doubles matches Friday afternoon. The Woman Hubs acquired a first-round bye earlier than defeating Dixon’s Miriya Jones and Kyarra McGlown 6-2, 6-2.
“We knew we wanted to step up as we speak and keep targeted,” Hasz mentioned. “We have to come again with the identical mindset we had as we speak and be able to go if we need to win.”
McGee and Hasz had no hassle within the third spherical, beating Belvidere’s Teresa Madera and Jasmin Camargo 6-2, 6-1 to earn a spot within the semifinal spherical Saturday morning. Within the singles bracket, senior Anna Guevara fell 0-6, 0-6 in opposition to Freeport’s Jamie Rodriguez, whereas junior Emma Hicks was taken down by Sterling’s Madison Hubbs, dropping 1-6, 1-6.
“We saved our vitality up all through the entire day, even in the course of the rain delay,” McGee mentioned. “The tennis workforce has been doing so properly this yr, and though there have been instances the place we haven’t taken dwelling the win, ending within the prime 4 is absolutely superior.”