CARY – Based upon their scores alone, it would have been hard to tell the Thome sisters apart Saturday at the Cary-Grove Invitational tennis tournament.
Both went 3-0 for Crystal Lake South, with Marisa Thome dropping just five games at No. 1 singles, and Julia Thome losing only three at No. 2 singles. The Gators won the tournament, defeating Cary-Grove, 5-0, Hononegah, 4-1, and Marian Central, 5-0.
With temperatures in the mid-40s and a steady wind, Marisa Thome said she used the weather to her advantage.
“I was just playing with the wind,” Marisa Thome said. “I tried to hit it where the wind would take it in.”
Julia Thome said she couldn’t feel her hands because of the cold, but that didn’t stop her.
“I was just trying to get my serve in and just be consistent,” Julia Thome said.
The Gators also got championships from their No. 1 doubles team of Rachel Siemon and Kelsey Laktash and No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Rasmussen and Jacqueline Boorom, who also went 3-0 on the day. Like Julia Thome, Rasmussen and Boorom lost only three games, winning each match, 6-1, 6-0.
Marian took second as a team, defeating Hononegah, 4-1, and Cary-Grove, 5-0. The Hurricanes got individual second-place finishes from No. 1 singles Abby Waters, No. 2 singles Hayley Frahm, and the No. 2 doubles team Alex Sledz and Kaitlin Pinter.
C-G got a third-place finish from Jessica Hinjosa at No. 2 singles. The Trojans came up just short against Hononegah, falling, 3-2, getting a 6-3, 6-4 win from Hinjosa and a 6-0, 6-2 win from their No. 1 doubles team of Alex Lind and Arianna Bicardecco.
Despite her team going 0-3 on the day, C-G coach Amanda Schuetzle knows the Trojans faced tough competition. What separates South this season, Schuetzle said, is its lineup from No. 1 singles to No. 3 doubles.
“They’re a good team, but they’ve got extra depth this year,” Schuetzle said. “You’ve got to have the depth to get the team scores.”