First day of Glenbrook North girls tennis sectional devoid of upsets

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NORTHBROOK — With one singles quarterfinal match left to be played, there’s a very good chance all thetop seeds at the Glenbrook North girls tennissectional will advanceto state.

Glenbrook South senior Caroline Ryba and Glenbrook South juniorAnnemarie Emme both advanced without dropping a game in their twomatches Friday. The same thing held true for Glenbrook South juniors MartinaDragoytchev and Jessica Chepurda, the No. 1 seed in the sectional’sdoubles draw.

Maine South’s pair of state qualifiers nearly accomplished the samefeat. Maine South sophomore Leigh Friedman lost just one game en routeto her second-straight state berth, while freshmen Marti Wind andKamila Czosnyka — the No. 2 seed in doubles — qualified for state byonly dropping two games in their pair of matches.

Glenbrook North sophomore Maddy Kahn, the No. 3 seed, is the favorite to pick up thefourth and final state berth in singles. However,she will have towaituntilSaturdaymorning to try to punch her ticket after Maine Southjunior Randi Wind and Maine East junior Jessica Ilc played a longsingles match. Randi Wind emerged with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory, but therewasn’t enough light for her to play against Kahnon Friday.

The key moment in Randi Wind’s win came when the score wastied3-3 in the third set andRandi Wind was serving. The game lasted for more than 10 minutes asIlc threatened to break, but RandiWind eventually won it to take a 4-3 lead.

The Maine South junior then broke Ilc’s serve in the following game,and she closed out the match soon thereafter.

“It could have gone either way,” Ilc said of Randi Wind’s long servicegame. “It would have made the game completely different. … It’sfrustrating, but you have to move on. I tried to keep it together(after she took a 4-3 lead), but it just wasn’t going my way.”

The match between Randi Wind and Kahn will begin at8:30 a.m. Saturdaymorning. The Glenbrook North Sectional’ssemifinals are scheduled to begin at9 a.m.

Dragoytchev and Chepurdawill play Loyola’s Witkowski sisters —freshman Caroline Witkowski and junior Abby Witkowski — in theirsemifinal match. Mardi Wind and Czosnyka will play Glenbrook Northfreshmen Colette O’Regan and Hailey Koretzon Saturdaymorning. TheWitkowski sisters and the Spartans’ all-freshman doubles team bothqualified for stateon Friday.

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