Senior Megan Sullivan, Bishop Ireton’s #6 singles player, advanced to the singles championships on Monday, as the Cardinals sit in 5th place in the team standing at the 2013 WCAC girls’ tennis tournament in Olney, Maryland.
Sullivan, the bracket’s top seed, will face Paul VI’s second seeded Kathleen Hope on Monday for the WCAC title. Sullivan did upend Hope in the regular season on Ireton’s senior day.
Sullivan advanced with an opening win on Friday, then stopped upset winner, 5th seeded KK Malloy of Good Counsel 8-4. Meanwhile, PVI’s Hope downed Rakshita Ganjoo of Elizabeth Seton and third-seeded Elizabeth Farrell of O’Connell to advance to the championship.
Three other Cardinals advanced through the first round of play on Friday. Stephanie Lin, Molly Jeffers, and the #1 doubles team of Kristen Parker and Lin advanced past St Mary’s Ryken’s Allston and Liu in the 4th/5th seed match up. The Cardinals were ousted in the next round by St Johns top-seeded pair of Miller and Brown by an 8-1 count.
Stephanie Lin, Ireton’s #2 singles player, was a 4 seed and she dumped 5th seeded Alexis Keating of Seton by an 8-1 count while Molly Jeffers, a 5th seed in #5 singles, upset 4th seeded Ana Matan of Good Counsel 8-5 in her opening round match. Jeffers fell to top-seeded Chloe Henderson of St Johns 8-3 in the semifinals.
Ireton’s number 1 singles player, Kristen Parker drew PVI’s Mary Ellen Potter. She battled Potter days earlier in a close match on senior day, and once again the two battled into a tiebreaker won by Potter to sideline Parker in the 3-6 matchup again going to the 3rd-seeded Panther.
5th-seeded Avery Morrison fell to 4th-seeded Annie Farrell of Bishop O’Connell 8-5 in their first round match up and Hayley McKeen was defeated in her opening round match with Ryken’s M. Davlia in the 8/9 seeded matchup.
The Cardinals #2 doubles team of Jackson/Isham were upended 8-3 by Cardenas/Farrell of O’Connell in the opening round while the Knights also sidelined Ireton’s #3 doubles pair of Phillips/Bowers by an identical 8-3 count.
The team standings, going into the championship round, showed Paul VI with 9, St Johns 8, Good Counsel and O’Connell with 6, Ireton at 4, Holy Cross 2, McNamara 1.