Mustang Girls Tennis Make History: Sweep 1st Place at Every Position at Conference
The varsity girls tennis team had a special day with a peak team performance at the Conference Tournament on Saturday. Going into the meet, the Mustangs had a commanding 6 point lead from regular season play. The theme of the season has been the Mustangs holding themselves to the highest of standards and not accepting anything less than their best. With this in mind, DGS set themselves a lofty goal - sweep the conference meet earning 1st place at every spot, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1993-1994 season. Over the course of the day, the Mustangs battled extreme conditions with swirling winds at Leyden East and West campuses grinding to the finals at every position. At 4 positions, the Mustangs dominated in matches that were all the Mustangs. These spots were Kaylee Chang at 3rd singles (Jr, 10-4), Alisha Macas (Jr, 26-11) and Lizzie Andonova (Jr, 26-11) at 2nd doubles, Kristiana Radakovic (Sr, 19-8) and Barbara Collins (Sr, 12-6) at 3rd doubles, and Cece Divis (Sr, 24-8) and Brianna Perez (Sr, 11-7). The Mustangs had 3 matches that were close finals. 1st doubles team of Abby Davenport (Sr, 21-15) and Anna Buie (Sr, 20-14) defeated Hinsdale South in the finals 6-3, 6-3 to become conference champions one more time as seniors. At 2nd singles, Jillian Urgello (Fr, 28-9) was pushed in a tough first set winning 7-5, and then dominating 6-1 in the second set against Leyden. The 1st singles position was a highlight matchup of Gerda Jucys (Fr, 28-9) against 3-time conference champion Jessica Minkov of Leyden. Jucys defeated Minkov 7-5, 6-1 to earn the title of 1st singles Conference Champion as a freshman. It was a truly special team performance for the Mustangs earning 80 points finishing with a 21 point lead on 2nd place Hinsdale South. The Mustangs are not done - shifting their attention towards preparation for the sectional meet on Friday where the Mustangs will battle top competition from Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, LT and DGN in what is arguably the toughest sectional in the state. The Mustangs are confident and hopeful moving forward that they can continue the momentum and successes of this weekend into the state series. For the varsity girls tennis team, it was a special and historic day to be a Mustang!