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DUNLAP – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley tennis team finished seventh in a seven-team tournament in Dunlap.

The Falcons scored two points while Bloomington Central Catholic (28) won the invite.

"All the girls played hard, but we were up against some formidable teams," GCMS head coach Cindy Petersen said. "I know that four of the seven teams had returning state qualifiers from last year.  I told the girls our motto for the year is something Nelson Mandela said, ‘I never lose.  I either win or I learn.’ I definitely think that is something we have been doing all year.  We are learning and getting stronger each match." 

Kelsi Reynolds lost in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation semifinals.

Talley Rouley received a bye through the consolation semifinals in the No. 2 singles bracket after losing 6-2, 7-6(4) in the first round. She lost in the fifth-place match 6-3, 6-0.

If you would have told me that Kelsi Reynolds and Talley Rouley, who played No. 5 and No. 6 singles last year, could step into No. 1 and No. 2 singles and hold their own, I would have been surprised," Petersen said. "Their games have continually improved this season. They are not the same players they were even from the beginning of the year. I’m so proud of how far they have come." 

Rose Williams/Sophie Hafer lost 6-1, 6-1 to the eventual championship doubles team from Bloomington Central Catholic in the first round of No. 1 doubles. In the consolation semifinals, Williams/Hafer lost 6-2, 7-6(7).

Estelle Keigher/Lexi Wilfong lost 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of No. 2 doubles. After receiving a bye through the consolation semifinals, Keigher/Wilfong lost 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth-place match.

"All of these girls have had to move up their playing positions significantly, and yet they come out every match ready to take on their next opponents," Petersen said. "Again, we received many compliments about the sportsmanship displayed by our athletes."  


Team scores

1. Bloomington Central Catholic, 28; 2. Metamora, 18; 3. Dunlap, 13; 4. Danville, 12; 5. Lowpoint-Washburn, 9; 6. Peoria Richwoods, 6; 7. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, 2.

No. 1 singles

Championship – Tattini (BCC) def. Templin (DUN) 6-0, 6-0.

Third place – Ellis (DAN) def. Freitag (MET), 6-0.

First round – Templin (DUN) def. Kelsi Reynolds (GCMS) 6-0, 6-0.

Consolation semifinals – Youngblood (DUN) def. Reynolds (GCMS), 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 singles

Championship – Wieland (BCC) def. Brinkman (MET), 6-3, 6-1.

Third place – Towne (DAN) def. Barnardoni (LP), 6-2, 6-0.

First round – Barnardoni (LP) def. Talley Rouley (GCMS), 6-2, 7-6(4).

Fifth-place match – Naseri (RICH) def. Rouley (GCMS), 6-3, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles

Championship – Stopa/Sartoris (BCC) def. Bartman/Guth (META), 7-6(4), 7-5.

Third place – Barla/Sudhakar (DUN) def. Johnson/Lardizabal (RICH), 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

First round – Stopal/Sartoris (BCC) def. Rose Williams/Sophie Hafer (GCMS), 6-1, 6-1.

Consolation semifinals – Freeman/Ficek (LP) def. Williams/Hafer (GCMS), 6-2, 7-6(7)

No. 2 doubles

Championship – McBeath/Kuntz (BCC) def. Kaufman/Doerr (META), 6-3, 6-1.

Third place – Schachel/Arora (DUN) def. Hantz/Escobedo (DAN), 6-3, 6-0.

First round – Hantz/Escobedo (DAN) def. Estelle Keigher/Lexi Wilfong (GCMS), 6-1, 6-1.

Fifth-place match – Rimes/Lindemann (LP) def. Keigher/Wilfong, 6-0, 6-0.