Eagles tennis opens up courts with pair of victories

Adam Larck

The Dunlap girls tennis team gave their new tennis courts a great opening night on Wednesday.

The team picked up seven matches on the way to beating Washington, 7-2.

“Tonight was a really great way to start our next chapter in Dunlap tennis history,” said Dunlap coach Pat Gornik. “To get a quality win against a team that we’ve been battling the past three seasons is just icing on the cake to getting the opportunity to christen the new complex.”

The No. 1-5 singles players each won their matches in two sets, including an impressive 6-0, 6-2 win by Molly Mathes at No. 2 singles.

Other wins included Mallory Horton (6-4, 6-2), Sophia Prager (6-2, 6-2), Mikaela Jasinski (6-2, 6-2) and Tara Keenan (6-4, 6-1).

In doubles, the pair of Horton and Mathes won, 7-5, 7-6 (5), and Keenan/Jasinski won, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“I’m thrilled with the way all of my girls played tonight, from No. 1 varsity all the way to the exhibition matches for F/S.” Gornik said. “They came out and showed their pride in their new home courts.”

The freshman/sophomore team also picked up a 7-2 victory.

“We took a definite step forward tonight with our confidence, which is something I’ve been preaching at the girls for a while now,” Gornik said. “Now that we know we can win, we can really get out there and play.”

A day later brought another win for the Eagles, easily dispatching Galesburg at home, 8-1.

Both Horton and Mathes shut out their singles opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Melissa Clark almost joined in on the feat, winning at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Prager picked up a win in two sets at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Lauren Fillipitch also earned a win at No. 5 singles. However, the win took three sets with a combined 28 points in the third set to finally decide the victor, 6-4, 4-6, 15-13.

In doubles, Gornik gave the pair of Horton/Mathes the night off, letting Keenan/Jasinski pick up a win at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-4.

Jaime Tollefson/Jenny Kuk got the three-set win at No. 2 doubles, 5-7, 6-3, 10-7, and Taylor Hoerr/Sarah Winkelmann picked up the quick No. 3 doubles win, 8-2.

The girls JV team also shut out the Streaks, 9-0.