Schafer helps lead Huskies to tie for 32nd place

The OPRF tennis team closed out its season last week with a favorable finish at the IHSA State Meet. The Huskies finished tied for 32nd overall amongst a field of 103 teams that finished with at least a point.

OPRF’s Samanatha Schafer made it as far as the fourth round of the consolation bracket on Friday before falling to West Suburban (Silver) Conference opponent Jackie Altansarnai of Hinsdale Central 6-3, 6-1.

Schafer fell to Glenbrook South’s Caroline Ryba in the opening round 6-2, 6-2, but battled her way back through the consolation bracket by winning three consecutive matches. In the third round of the consolation bracket, Schafer edged Warren’s Michelle Dutt 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 for the victory.

Also in the first round, OPRF’s Tess Trinka went 2-2, grabbing wins in the consolation bracket before falling to Jessica Seadler of Sacred Heart-Griffin 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles action Emma Forman and Ann Ryan opened play by defeating Kendall Walker and Taylor Zilch of Hampshire 6-3, 6-2, but fell to Rosary 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the second round.

Lake Forest won the meet with a score of 40, while Hinsdale Central finished second with a score of 36.

OPRF went 10-8 in dual meets this season and closed out the West Suburban (Silver) Conference with a 2-4 mark. The team also had its best finish in six years at the Prospect Invitational, taking fifth in the 16-team tournament.

Fenwick tennis

Fenwick had a reversal of fortune at the State Meet, with its favorites coming up short and its first-timers making headway. Seniors Christina Janda and Audrey Kiefer came up short in doubles action, falling to Springfield 7-5, 6-4 in the opening round and slumping a bit in the aftermath with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Stagg.

Julia Mastrangeli and Catherine Joss lost 6-0, 6-0 to New Trier’s Mari Georgiadis and Emily Barretta, a pair that went on to finish fourth overall.

Singles players Maggie Saltiel, who was suffering from a palm blister, and Mia Sullivan started off with wins, but fell in the second round.

Fenwick’s six points placed the Friars in a tie for 37th.

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Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...