Local netters bow out of state tournament

News-DemocratOctober 26, 2013 

The dream of a state title ended quickly and decisively for three metro-east players Friday at the girls state tennis tournament.

Belleville West junior Kayleigh Thurwalker and the Edwardsville doubles team of Mallory Abert and Megan LaRose each dropped round of 16 matches and were later eliminated during consolation play in matches played in the Chicago suburbs.

After advancing through three rounds Thursday, Thurwalker dropped her first match Friday to Gaby Rosales of (Chicago Heights) Marian 6-0, 6-0 to fall into the consolation bracket.

The loss was the first by Thurwalker against a player from Illinois this season.

After beating Laura Guitterez of (Oak Park) Fenwick in a fifth-round consolation match, Thuwalker had her season come to an end with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 setback to Michelle Linden of Barrington.

Thurwalker ended her season with a singles record of 33-4.

Abert and LaRose also ended their state tournament with a 4-2 record, after dropping two of three matches Friday.

Naperville Central standouts Cindy Liu and Cass Goldner handed the Tigers pair a 6-2, 6-2 setback in the round of 16.

After winning a fifth-round consolation match, Abert and LaRose fell 6-4, 6-3 to Kaylin Dong and Michelle Tulchinskay of (Lincolnshire) Stevenson to be eliminated.

Several other local players saw their season's end with consolation losses Friday.

Edwardsville sophomore Callaghan Adams dropped a fifth-round consolation match in singles, while three metro east doubles teams also saw their season's conclude.

Morgan Colbert and Maddie Lombardi of Edwardsville, Blair Hollenbeck and Gabi Papachrisanthou of Belleville West and Savannah Martin and Rebecca McIsaac of Belleville East all lost in the fourth round of consolation.

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