Losing 9-0 in a high school tennis match isn’t fun. Winning 9-0 is a whole lot of fun.
The Pekin girls tennis team has experienced both ends of the spectrum this season. The Dragons finally enjoyed the latter Thursday, beating visiting Lincoln 9-0 in a non-conference match at John Moss Courts.
“It was good to have everyone back and healthy, and nice to be on the good side of a 9-0 score,” said Pekin coach Gary Garver.
Garver said his team (2-6) played pretty well from top to bottom against Lincoln “and we showed some intestinal fortitude in those instances where we got off to a slow start or had a lapse of concentration somewhere in the match.”
The best examples of that intestinal fortitude, Garver said, came from notoriously slow starters Kaitlin Dunn (No. 2 singles) and Gina Olsen (No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles).
Dunn fell behind in both sets before she beat Mary Toal 6-3, 6-2. Olsen lost the first three games of her singles match to Madi Egnew before “hitting the afterburner,” in Garver’s words, and running away from Egnew 6-3, 6-1.
Olsen and partner Rachel Bresnahan lost the first set of their doubles match to Grace Skelton and Alice Roate but rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win.
“Gina and Rachel finished as darkness was falling on the courts and they sealed our 9-0 win,” Garver said.
Still perfect: So much for a home court advantage.
The defending Mid-Illini Conference champion Pekin volleyball team defeated Morton 25-19, 25-10 Thursday at the Potterdome in a conference match.
The victory kept the Dragons (14-2, 4-0) perfect in conference play.
“It was a great win because every girl contributed,” said Pekin coach Yvonne Thompson.
Hannah Thompson led the Dragons to the victory with 10 kills and 10 digs. The Bradley recruit has more than 1,000 kills and more than 1,000 digs in her four-year Pekin career.
Molly Flannigan dished out 11 assists, Olivia Theleritis had 10 digs and two aces, Maddy Cash had seven kills and Anna McGovern had six blocks for the Dragons.
Lindsey Dullard had five kills for Morton.
Too much Dunlap: The Pekin co-op girls swimming and diving team ran into one of the area’s top teams Wednesday.
Dunlap co-op beat the visiting Dragons. No score is listed on the results reported to the Pekin Times.
Kelen McDaniels recorded the lone victory for Pekin in the 12 events, winning the 100 freestyle (:56.32). She also was second in the 50 freestyle (:26.17).
Sami Curtis had a pair of third-place finishes for Pekin in the 200 freestyle (2:12.83) and 500 freestyle (5:55.71). Jaidlyn Sellers of the Dragons was second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.70).
Pekin’s best relay finish was second place in the 200 medley (2:00.87) with Claire Whiting, Curtis, McDaniels and Sellers. McDaniels, Lauren Spanos, Curtis and Sellers were third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.01).
Schedule: Upcoming competitions for Pekin teams.
• Boys and girls cross country: at Richard Spring Memorial Invitational at Detweiller Park, Peoria, 9 a.m. Saturday.
• Boys golf: Dragon Classic at Lick Creek, 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
• Girls golf: at Decatur Eisenhower Invitational, 9 a.m. Saturday.
• Boys soccer: at Illinois Valley Central, noon Saturday.
• Girls swimming and diving: vs. Moline, 11 a.m. Saturday.
• Girls tennis: at Bloomington Gold Invitational, 8 a.m. Saturday.
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