Girls tennis: Strong first day for Stevenson
Stevenson sophomore Kate Harvey and senior Vinaya Rao began defense of their state doubles championship by winning all three of their matches on Day 1 of the Buffalo Grove-hosted state tournament Thursday.
Also going 3-0 for the Patriots was sophomore Zoe Taylor, who's seeded 9-16. Taylor beat each of her opponents in two sets, losing a total of just seven games. She outlasted 17-32 seed Sarah Hackman of Wauconda 6-1, 6-3 in third-round action.
Harvey/Rao, who are seeded second, cruised as well, dropping only six games.
Stevenson junior Dhwani Kumar lost her second-round match but rallied for back-to-back wins, both in straight sets. Stevenson's other doubles team, 9-16 seed Alexandra Zoubareva and Elizabeth Ferdman, won their first two matches, before losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to 17-32 seed Maddie Bauer and McCoy Hutchison of Joliet Catholic.
With 20 points, Stevenson sits in second place behind Hinsdale Central (22 points).
The sophomore Hackman, Wauconda's lone representative at state, won her first two matches in straight sets.
Mundelein freshman Isabel Alviar picked up 3 wins, rebounding from second-round loss to New Trier 9-16 seed Cammy Frei by posting back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket.
Carmel Catholic junior Marie Kapelevich notched a trio of wins as well, after starting the day with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Elk Grove 17-32 seed Jelena Vujanic. Kapelevich beat her next three opponents handily, losing only three games.
Libertyville also had a good first day. Like Kapelevich, junior Dani Blaser dropped her first match -- 6-0, 6-0 to 9-16 seed Madison Tattini of Bloomington Central Catholic -- before defeating her next three opponents in straight sets.
Libertyville doubles partners Gabrielle Struik and Tanvi Patel opened with a win. They lost their second-round match, then registered back-to-back victories in the consolation bracket.
Grant's Abby Schoenberg, a 17-32 seed, won her first two matches in straight sets before losing to Sycamore's Angelina Ye (9-16 seed) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Schoenberg's teammate Katerina Antonishina lost her opening match. Antonishina picked up win before losing in straight sets in her second-round consolation match.
Antioch's Kelsey Neville split her four matches, while her teammate Sjana Henderson picked up a win and a lose. Antioch doubles partners Anna Arden and Emma DeJong went 1-2.
Warren's doubles teams of Emma Falish/Nicole Kravstov and Kristina Danos/Lilyanne Honnold both dropped a pair of matches.
Grayslake Central's Nikki Tatsuguchi/Lia Boucek also were 0-2.