Eagles tennis drops close match to Notre Dame

Adam Larck
Molly Mathes returns a shot Wednesday against Peoria Notre Dame. Mathes won her match in straight sets.

Dunlap coach Pat Gornik got to see some new faces at the varsity level on Wednesday.

After starting off the season off with what Gornik called “high-stakes conference matches,” he was able to try some new players out in a non-conference match against Peoria Notre Dame.

“It’s nice to get a non-conference match to test and see how all our girls are developing through practice,” he said. “Tonight, we were able to see some of the future of Dunlap tennis playing in matches right now.”

The future of the team almost came away with a win as well, losing to the Irish, 5-4, at home.

“Regardless of final score, I’m proud of my teams and they way they showed off the intangibles, like confidence and focus,” Gornik said.

The day started off with the doubles matches, which the Eagles won two of the three.

In doubles, the pair of Melissa Clark and Jessica Hemmer made their debut at No. 2 doubles, and Sophia and Claire Prager played their first varsity match together at No. 3 doubles.

While the No. 2 pair lost, 6-1, 6-2, the Prager sisters walked away with a 6-2, 6-0 win.

The No. 1 pair of Mikaela Jasinski/Tara Keenan also earned a three set win, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9.

In singles, Sarah Winkelmann and Taylor Hoerr made their varsity debuts.

Both managed to get at least three games during each set before losing.  Winkelmann lost, 6-3, 6-3, and Hoerr fell, 6-3, 6-4.

“There are a few things that we need to work on, but overall, I saw a lot of great things out there,” Gornik said.

In other singles action, both Mallory Horton and Molly Mathes walked away with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Horton won, 6-4, 7-5, and Mathes won, 6-1, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Jamie Tollefson lost in three sets, 5-7, 6-2, 10-5, while Lauren Fillipitch lost at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-2.

“The balls didn’t all bounce our way tonight, but I wouldn’t count on that happening very much in the future,” Gornik said.