Mustang Tennis Earns 7th Place; Best Finish in 10 Years in Home 16 Team Tournament
The varsity girls tennis team earned a 7th place finish in the home 16 team tournament - their best finish since a 3rd place finish in 2007. Over the course of the season, the home 16 team tournament is often the most grueling day of tennis on the season with 4 tough matches guaranteed. It was a true testament to the team's grit and determination to have their peak performance in the last match of the day to ensure a 7th place finish. The Mustangs started the day with a very tough match against a veteran squad from Geneva High School. Freshmen Gerda Jucys (7-2) and Jillian Urgello (5-4) led the charge with straight set wins at 1 and 2 singles. Peak performance in the doubles came at the 2nd spot by juniors Alisha Macas (4-5) and Lizzie Andonova (4-5) getting the pivotal 3rd win for a 3-2 victory. Geneva went on to win 3 matches in a row after their loss to the Mustangs - a display of how great of a performance it was by DGS. Next, the Mustangs faced eventual tournament champions Barrington HS. Jucys continued her domination with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Barrington's top player. Despite close matches at two positions, the Mustangs lost the match 1-4 to the Broncos. The Mustangs next faced off with Wheaton Warrenville South. Highlight performance of the match came from seniors Abby Davenport (3-6) and Anna Buie (2-4) who pulled off a close victory 7-6, 7-6. Macas and Andonova also won a decisive straight set victory, but WWS' strength atop the lineup helped them to prevail 3-2 over the Mustangs. Following a heartbreaking loss, the Mustangs kept their heads up and played their best tennis tired in the late afternoon to upset Neuqua Valley 3-2. Jucys led the way with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of their top player. Another peak performance came at the 3rd doubles position by Cece Divis (Jr, 2-4) and Barbara Collins (Sr, 2-6) who battled to victory in a supertiebreaker. In the match of the day, freshman Urgello grinded to a supertiebreaker victory to defeat the Wildcats and cap off a great day of tennis. The Mustangs continue to get more and more match tough with 9 matches on the season against great team after great team. DGS hopes this hard work will pay off as their WSC season begins this week with a match against Leyden HS on Wednesday at home prior to leaving for Bloomington for an invite on Saturday. It was a GREAT day to be a Mustang!