Princeton’s Jen O’Neil and St. Bede’s Rachel Dose are heading to the IHSA State Tennis Finals this week in the western suburbs.
O’Neil advanced to state for the second year in a row, finishing second in singles. She is the first PHS layer to reach State in consecutive years since Evinne Dimmig (2008, '09).
O’Neil was the top seed, but lost to Ottawa’s Molly Angell 6-0, 6-1 in the regional championship match. O’Neil defeated Dose 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals in a battle of Bureau County top singles players, both seniors.
Dose punched her ticket with a fourth-place finish. She lost to Morris freshman Megan Davey in the third-place match.
Ottawa won its fourth straight sectional championship and seventh in eight years.