Big day for OPRF's Gebert

Tennis teams gear up for sectional

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By BRAD SPENCER

Tennis Conference Results
Camille Gebert had a big day on Saturday. A few hours after finishing fifth in No. 1 singles at the competitive West Suburban (Silver) Conference tennis tournament, the OPRF senior was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of OPRF's football game with Downers Grove North.

Gebert led the Huskies to a fifth place finish overall in the tournament held at Willowbrook High School (doubles matches) and Proviso West (singles matches) on a cold and windy day more suited for football than tennis. Hinsdale Central took the top spot, while Lyons Township rounded out second place.

Gebert finished fifth with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Downers Grove North. Margaret Kempster finished fifth in No. 2 singles.

In No. 3 singles, Edirin Davis was forced to withdraw from her match due to an ailment during play. Julia Smith finished fourth overall in the No. 4 singles slot.

The No. 1 doubles team of Bryce Buchowicz and Elizabeth Hanley finished fifth with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Downers North. Belna Weil and Cate Hunter finished fifth in No. 2 doubles.

Allison Kooser and Claire Griffin teamed up to take fourth in No. 3 doubles. The duo had one of the most competitive matches in the tournament for third place. In a match that lasted over two hours, Kooser and Griffin ended up losing 7-6, 6-7, 6-1.

"It's very hard to catch anybody in this tournament," said OPRF head coach Fred Galluzzo. "Once your seeded, you're pretty much destined to finish that way. You really have to shut out teams in order to gain any ground.

"I feel we could have broken through had we been seeded better, but it's reflection on our season. When you're seeded fourth or fifth you're forced to take on the best right off the bat and then have to battle back."

OPRF will host its own sectional beginning Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday's play begins at 8 a.m.

The Huskies will more than likely go head-to-head with familiar foe Fenwick in the sectional.

"Fenwick has a strong lineup all the way through, so it'll be interesting," said Galluzzo.

Other top contenders competing in the sectional include Walther Lutheran, Trinity, Riverside-Brookfield and Leyden.

Second place for Friars

Fenwick geared up for the Oak Park Sectional by finishing second at the East Suburban Catholic Conference tournament on Saturday.

The Friars finished with a score of 36, while Benet placed first with a 44 and St. Viator rounded out third with a 30.

Colleen Kelley placed first in No. 3 singles with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Joliet Catholic. In No. 3 doubles, Catherine Maloney and Eva Vaughn took first with a 6-4, 6-7, (6-8), 6-0 victory over Providence.

Trinity places fifth at GCAC

Trinity finished fifth at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference on Saturday. The Blazers garnered a score of 12, while Loyola finished first (36).

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