After what has been a challenging 2018 campaign, the Paris girls tennis team hosts the Little Illini Conference tournament today.
The Lady Tigers currently stand in the middle of the pack at 5-8 after trudging through a difficult conference schedule.
Coach Stefan Aydt likes the progress the girls have made this year and is excited to see it come together this morning.
“It is amazing how far we have come since the start of the season,” Aydt said. “We have really settled into a good chemistry with a lot of girls and our doubles are very solid together.”
Paris will be represented in singles play by Emma Campbell and Kaylee Landsaw. Campbell will open up play against Sarah Staller (Robinson). Should Campbell win the opening round of the day, she will advance to play the top overall seed Jacelyn Street (Newton) who is ranked 25th in the state.
Landsaw is the third overall seed in the tournament and has an opening round bye. She will find herself in the second round of the day facing the winner of Madelynne Boldrey (Newton) and fifth seed Mia Hargis (Robinson).
“Kaylee has played well all season long and she has fought,” Aydt said “It’s tough to play the #1 spot but she has matched up to the challenge.”
The doubles bracket of the tournament will see Paris’ Sydney Martin and Kaitlyn Mathews facing off against Zumbahlen and Russell (Newton). The winner will meet the top seeded pairing of Himelick and Darrough (Flora).
Sarah Isaf and Chloe Noel will face Herrera and Eckerty (Casey) in the first round. The two will be familiar with each other, having just played three days ago in a conference matchup. The winner will play the second overall seed of Kauble and Doll (Olney). On the rematch with Isaf and Noele in doubles, Aydt is interested to see how it plays out.
“We practiced with Sarah and Chloe the past few days a lot and corrected some things. I think it’s good that they have a chance right away to get that win back.”
The tournament will be scored best two out of three sets each round with no ad scoring.
Tournament play begins at 9 am and will be at Paris high school.
“We are really happy to have the opportunity to host the conference tournament this year,” Aydt said “It’s good to be at home again.”