Belleville West junior Kayleigh Thurwalker hasn't been perfect during the 2013 tennis season.
But Thurwalker's been close.
The reigning Belleville News-Democrat Player of the Year, Thurwaker continued her season of domination on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over O'Fallon's Tori Lindsay to capture the singles title at the O'Fallon Tennis Sectional.
Thurwalker, whose only losses of the season have come to players from Missouri, will take a 29-2 record into the state tennis tournament, which begins Thursday in suburban Chicago.
"I would think and we're hoping for a 17 to 32 seed for the state tournament for Kayleigh. Possibly a top 16. It just depends on what the other top players did in the sectionals this weekend,'' West coach Jenny Mennerick said. "Kayleigh has had a great season and we're hoping she'll play well at state next week.''
Blair Hollenbeck and Gabi Papachrisanthou placed second in doubles, while sophomore Kaylie Comley placed fourth in singles for West, which finished with 28 points to win the sectional team title.
O'Fallon, which also got a third place from freshman Mackenzie Shelton, was second with 21 points. The top four finishers in both singles and doubles advance to state.
Also hoping for a top-32 seed are the Belleville East doubles combination of seniors Rebecca McIsaac and Savannah Martin, who beat Papachrisanthou and Hollenbeck 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Martin and McIsaac placed in the top 24 at state a year ago.
History was made by the Collinsville duo of Olivia Scaturro and Maddie Swiecicki, who placed third. The pairing is believed to be the Kahoks' first ever state tournament doubles entry.
"We've had singles players go up before, but I can't ever recall a doubles team qualifying,'' Kahoks coach Emma Houshand said. "Last (Friday) night they were down 5-2 and there were a few tears. But they just took it one point at a time and got back in to it. I'm very proud of them.''
Althoff coach Rusty Parker has reason to be proud of his freshman duo of Emma Melichar and Madelyn Skinner, who earned a state bid by placing fourth.
"They may be freshman, but they've worked hard and played very well all year,'' Parker said. "For them to get to state as freshmen bodes well for the future.''
The Edwardsville Tigers made it look easy as they swept the top-two places in both singles and doubles and breezed to their 17th straight sectional title.
Callaghan Adams defeated teammate Emily Lombardi 6-1, 6-1 to win the singles title, while Mallory Abert and Megan Larose defeated teammates Morgan Colbert and Maddie Lombardi 6-0, 6-0 in the doubles final.
Triad will be represented at the state by singles players Alexis McCarthy and Kylie McCarthy and the doubles pair of Nikki Steiner and Katelyn Foppe.