Girls tennis: Oilers exact revenge with sectional win vs. Noll
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent May 18, 2012 11:08PM
Whiting's Jazmyne Henderson returns a shot to Bishop Noll's Tate Hickey in the number one singles match at the East Chicago Girls Tennis Sectional Friday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:22PM
EAST CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Whiting and Bishop Noll met for the sectional championship.
This time, the Oilers left with the trophy as they secured the program’s fourth sectional title with a 5-0 sweep over Bishop Noll.
“This feels good. It’s a nice reward for the girls because they’ve worked so hard for it,” said Whiting (13-4) coach Arthur Young, who put the team through rigorous offseason workouts to prepare it for the year. “We ran, we did push-ups, we threw medicine balls ... we did everything. And they never complained. It was nice to see that pay off,” Young said.
Bishop Noll (10-4) was unable to turn around a 3-2 loss to Whiting earlier in the season.
“We were trying to overcome those matches that we lost last time, but it just didn’t work out for us,” Bishop Noll coach Steve Tapia said.
Whiting’s singles players won their matches in quick fashion, wrapping up the title for the Oilers with little drama. No. 1 Jazmyne Henderson won 6-3, 6-1, No. 2 Danielle Weems won 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Grace Hoss won 6-2, 6-1 for Whiting.
Like their coach, Whiting’s athletes were enjoying the rewards of their labor.
“Thinking about last year, when we didn’t get the win here … we worked so hard to get here and we all played our hearts out today,” Weems said.
Added Henderson: “I thought about that while I was playing today. All of the sprints, all of the push-ups, all of the things we did in the offseason prepared us for situations like this.”
Lauren Markovich and Samantha Bock teamed up for a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles, followed by a 7-5, 6-4 victory for Mariana Cervantes and Emily Ballay at No. 2 doubles to complete the sweep.