O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon girls tennis team finishes season on high note at state tourney

The O’Fallon girls tennis team enjoyed a strong showing at the IHSA state tournament over the weekend.

As a team, OTHS finished 17th among the talented pool of teams.

Seniors Miley Brunner and Kate Macaluso were outstanding in doubles, posting a top-12 finish, while receiving second team all-state honors.

The duo won their first three matches 6-2, 6-3; 6-3, 6-2; and 6-3, 6-3. They then lost in three sets to a duo from Hinsdale Central who finished second. They then narrowly dropped their final set, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Additionally, the doubles squad of junior Ali Mueller and sophomore Megan Mueller posted a 6-3, 6-4 first round victory before dropping their next two matches.

Prior to state, the Panthers excelled at the IHSA sectional tournament Oct. 18-19.

The Panthers and Quincy each had 22 points, and Quincy ended up winning the team sectional on the sixth and final tiebreaker the IHSA has listed, winning 59 percent of its total games in the tournament while O’Fallon won 55 percent.

Nonetheless, OTHS showed very well in sectionals. Brunner and Macaluso were the doubles sectional champions, while Ali Mueller and Megan Mueller finished in fourth place in doubles.

One of O’Fallon’s singles entries, junior Gabi Schram, won her first match and lost her second match in the state qualifying round. The Panthers’ other singles entry, sophomore Ava Taylor, won her first match and lost her second match.