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Lemont representatives enjoy historical effort at IHSA Girls’ Tennis State Finals


Lemont's Grace Horky and Maggie O'Brien (top, L-R) advanced reached the fifth consolation round in doubles, while Amanda Lopykinski (bottom right) advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play.

Making her state finals debut, Lemont High School freshman Amanda Lopykinski advanced where no Lemont tennis player – male or female – previously had reached. Lopykinski reached the quarterfinal round of the 2018 IHSA Class 1A Girls’ Tennis State Finals, which were contested from October 18-20 and hosted by Districts 211, 214 and 220. Seniors Grace Horky and Maggie O’Brien also set a new school standard for doubles teams by advancing to the fifth consolation round, and Lemont posted its best finish ever in the team standings, tying for 11th.

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Just the second freshman in program history to reach the state finals, Lopykinski finished among the top eight singles players in the state. She won each of her first two matches in straight sets before toppling Lake View’s Maria Rivas in three sets; Rivas placed fifth in state finals singles play in 2017. Lopykinski dropped her quarterfinal match to eventual state champion McKenna Schaefbauer of Normal University. Due to inclement weather, the consolation quarterfinal and fifth-place matches were not played. Lopykinski closed the season with a 28-4 record.

After dropping a match in three sets in the opening round, the tandem of Horky and O’Brien reeled off four straight wins, including a pair of matches that needed third-set tiebreaks, and reached the fifth consolation round. They finished the season with a 21-6 mark.

Lemont’s state finals participants advanced from the IHSA Wheaton Academy Sectional. Horky and O’Brien won their first two matches and placed fourth, while Lopykinski won three of four singles matches and placed third.

Horky is just the second player in program history to appears in three state finals. In two previous trips to the IHSA State Finals as a singles player, she posted a composite record of 3-4. In 2015, she became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the state finals. As a junior in 2017, she won three of five matches, equaled what was then the program’s best state finals finish by reaching the fourth consolation round, and earned third-team all-state honors from the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association.

Horky, Lopykinski and O’Brien helped head coach Chris Hill’s team to its 13th straight South Suburban Conference-Blue Division title earlier this fall. Lopykinski was the champion in the No. 1 singles flight; Horky had won that flight the previous three seasons. O’Brien teamed with junior Abby Belsan to win the SSC Blue’s No.1 doubles flight. Other SSC Blue champions included junior Grace Magdziarz at No. 2 singles; the tandem of junior Ema Kaunas and sophomore Bella Pirie at No. 2 doubles; and the team of juniors Annika Swientek and Megan Zhou at No. 3 doubles.

Jessica Urban ‘10 is the only other girls’ tennis player in school history to compete in multiple state finals events. She advanced to the season’s final weekend three straight years (2007-09).

Girls’ tennis is the school’s third athletic program to be represented in IHSA State Finals competition this year. Freshman Paulius Malcius competed at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Golf State Finals, and senior Maggie Micetich participated at the 2018 IHSA Class AA Girls’ Golf State Finals.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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