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O’Neil makes it back to state

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Princeton's Jen O'Neil is all smiles after qualifying for the IHSA State tennis finals next weekend.

OTTAWA — Princeton senior Jen O’Neil qualified for state for the second straight year, reaching the semifinals of the Ottawa Sectional in Friday’s prelims.

Seeded, No. 1, O’Neil won both of her matches Friday to punch her ticket to state. She blanked both Sabryna Valdez from Mendota and Savannah Weitzel from Ottawa 6-0, 6-0. She is the first PHS girl to qualify for state in back to back years since Connie Lind has been coach.

“Jen played very well today. She came out focused and took care of business,” Lind said.

Saturday she plays Rachel Dose of St. Bede to determine who will play for first and second place or third or fourth place.

PHS’ Courtney Webb beat St. Bede’s Laura Faletti 6-4, 6-2. She then lost in the second round to Megan Davy of Morris 6-3, 6-0.

Laura Behrends and Brittany Krohn lost a marathon first round match to Aspan/Viano of Minooka 7-5, 6-7 (2-7 in a tiebreaker) 6-4. 

Emma Reidner and Ellie Bonucci had a bye in the first round and lost in the second round to Charbonneau/Barron from Ottawa 6-4, 6-2.


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