(May 9, 2014) Eight Stephen Decatur High School tennis players will compete in the District VIII tournament, May 13-14, in Cambridge.
“We did pretty well against the [Bayside Conference] South schools, but regionals has both north and south schools which makes it a lot harder,” said Decatur Coach Steve Berquist. “We should do well the first day at regionals. I think we’ll have a good chance at winning a match or two. Getting to states might be a different story, but I think we should all be competitive the first day.”
Senior John Niedfeldt and junior Delaney Iacona will represent Decatur in the boys’ and girls’ singles competition.
Senior Zach Elmer and sophomore Logan Romberger will battle in boys’ doubles competition.
Seniors Ashley DePaul and Charlotte Petsche will take the court for girls’ doubles action.
Chase Eslin and Valerie Petsche, both seniors, will team up for mixed doubles play.
“The competition at districts is always tough. It brings together the best players of each team, so advancing to the state tournament is tough,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “Each person/doubles team needs to play four really good matches in a row to get through the district tournament. We have struggled with James M. Bennett and Parkside this season, so we’ll have our work cut out for us to advance through.”