Hinsdale Central’s Stephanie Dolehide brings back memories of older sister

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HINSDALE — Hinsdale Central coach Robin Kramer is experiencing déjà vu watching her tennis team this season.

Red Devils’ freshman Stephanie Dolehide is the younger sister of Courtney Dolehide, who graduated from Hinsdale Central in 2010. She currently is playing tennis at UCLA.

“Obviously they’re unique and have their own identities, but from a physical standpoint — being tall like her older sister — I’ve already called her Courtney three times,” Kramer said. “Her voice even sounds exactly like Courtney so it brings back a lot of memories.”

Those recollections are all good. Courtney Dolehide won the state doubles title as a freshman and sophomore with partner Nida Hamilton.

“I remember watching them play on those courts, but I was always playing with my soccer ball,” Stephanie Dolehide said. “But I learned a lot from watching her. I learned the competitiveness and how to act on the court. She told me I should definitely play high school tennis, have a positive attitude and be uplifting and I think that’s working.”

Another sister, Caroline Dolehide, is a sophomore at Hinsdale Central, but competes on the USTA circuit.

At 5-10, Stephanie Dolehide brings an intimidating presence to the court. She also has the skills to back it up.

“She’s an amazing athlete; huge forehand, and a service motion that came from the textbook on how to serve,” Kramer said. “Her skill set is suited to play doubles. Even though she’s a freshman she just stepped right in. She has great chemistry with Erika [Oku] and she’s adapted to the high school game.”

Dolehide has played much of the season at No. 1 doubles with Oku, a sophomore who finished fifth at state in doubles last year with Danielle Burich.

The duo reminds Kramer of Courtney Dolehide and Hamilton.

“I have a picture of Courtney with Nida Hamilton, who is shorter, and they look exactly like these two,” Kramer said.

While the season is young, winning a state doubles title is an accomplishment that Stephanie Dolehide and Oku would love to achieve.

“This is a working and learning process,” Stephanie Dolehide said. “It would obviously be fun to do well at state and we’re looking forward to state if we get in.”

“Winning state would be a big deal but we’re just trying to win one point at a time,” Oku said. “It’s real easy to play with her and she’s really funny. She has a really good serve and that helps build up power for me to go to the net so it really helps me on my net play.”

Dolehide and Oku improved to 6-0 with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lyons’ Stefana Vasic and Megan Hickey in the Red Devil Invite on Saturday.

The Red Devils have won state team championships in six of the last eight years and last year shared the trophy with Lake Forest.

“We’re expected to defend the title again and I think that’s a good goal to have,” Dolehide said. “It’s a little bit of pressure but not to much.”

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