Dunlap Girls Tennis Ends Season with a Racket

Paige Duke

Dunlap High Schools girls tennis team is adding another finished season to the books after competing at state this weekend. 

Dunlap singles qualifier was Taylor Disharoon who went 1-2 in the tournament. Emily Yu and Katie San Jose were Dunlap’s double qualifiers who went 0-2.

Coach Gornik says, “Neither of our qualifiers got very lucky with our tournament draw, but that happens from time to time.”

Their journey to State started off with an end of the season conference tournament tie for first against Washington. They then took the win at their sectional match, beating the defending champion, Rock Island Alleman. The top four in both the singles players and doubles teams advanced to the State tournament.

Dunlap High School girls tennis team had 8 wins and 4 losses this season that led them to state this past weekend. Typically there are around 35 girls and 3 coaches on the team. With a team that big the girls play double matches with each other, so they have to work together.

“I like to think they do a pretty good job of working together,” says Gornik.

The teams season starts in early August and goes till the middle of October. They practice Monday through Saturday for about 2 hours. The season has up to 20 days there can be matches, the team usually plays 15-18 of those days. A match typically lasts 3-4 hours.

Something Coach Gornik thinks Dunlaps team has, that other teams do not, is youth.

“Out of our top six players, only one was a senior this year. We are getting great experience this year and look to come back strong next year.”

“I’m always incredibly proud when the girls have success,” says Gornik, “I get to see that hard work that the girls put in every day, so when they succeed in matches, it’s quite satisfying.”