Women tennis: St. Charles East nabs 2nd straight sectional crown

Girls tennis: St. Charles East nabs 2nd straight sectional crown

That is the 12 months to anticipate the sudden.

With out a state match to organize for as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, this weekend provided a conclusion to the women’ tennis season at St. Charles East.



Naturally, the Saints’ complete weekend Class 2A sectional match was compelled indoors to the close by Norris Recreation Middle because of wet, windy situations.

“Going indoors for 20 hours is form of the 12 months 2020 in a nutshell,” mentioned St. Charles North coach Sean Masoncup. “It was a protracted day however I am so glad we had been capable of get it in.”

The host Saints captured their second consecutive sectional championship by a 29-22 margin over the second-place North Stars.

“This season, every single day was a problem for the youngsters, mother and father and coaches,” mentioned Saints coach Matt Bulman. “It was such an effective way to finish the season for our crew. The women are so comfortable. Phrases cannot describe it.”

Wheaton Warrenville South positioned third with 18 factors.

Saints’ Senior Emaira Saini closed out her highschool profession in type, profitable the sectional singles title with a come-from-behind, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South junior Emma Beres (16-9).



“It was actually cool,” mentioned Saini, who completed with a 17-6 document. “I did not anticipate to win a sectional title. I needed to maintain pushing myself.”

Earlier within the day, Saini earned a hard-fought, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 semifinal victory over West Chicago’s Christina Kapetaneas.

“Emaira did not have her ‘A’ recreation however she nonetheless managed to do it,” mentioned Bulman. “It was pure willpower. It is the primary time she has gained a sectional title.

“I’ve seen loads of occasions the place women misplaced first units and it took essentially the most out of them. Emaira confirmed all coronary heart on that courtroom. There was no hand over in that child. Her two-hand backhand wasn’t working immediately so she needed to play just a little otherwise.”

Satirically, it was the second time this season that Saini defeated Beres in 3 units, having earned a 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 win on Sept. 22.

“That earlier match was for her a centesimal win,” mentioned Bulman. “I suppose you can say she got here full circle immediately.”



“I used to be just a little burned out from my semifinal match,” mentioned Saini. “I simply stored telling myself, ‘I need this.’ “

St. Charles North seniors Tatum Settelmyer and Leia Papanicholas (17-3) captured the sectional doubles crown with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over St. Charles East’s Caroline Donati and Smita Dhar (18-5).

The victory got here per week after a powerful DuKane Convention championship doubles overcome Batavia’s Leah Puttin and Bella Lins.

“It is the primary time in a very long time {that a} St. Charles North doubles crew has gained a sectional championship — and we have had some gifted women,” mentioned Masoncup. “I am undecided if we have ever had a crew win convention and sectional titles the identical season.”

Within the semifinals, Settelmyer and Papanicholas downed the Saints’ Megan Conroy and Hannah Chapman (18-5), 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Freshman Maddie Chaggaris added a fourth-place singles displaying for the North Stars, shedding to Kapetaneas (9-6) for third place.

“She performed superior,” mentioned Masoncup. “Hopefully, this may drive her for subsequent 12 months.”

The Saints’ Conroy and Chapman took third, beating the Tigers’ Grace DeMars and CC Huelskoetter (14-11), 6-3, 6-4.

“Nothing was straightforward,” mentioned Bulman. “That is our state match — our finale. The women took benefit of each second.”


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