Girls Tennis: Dickey, Young battle at IHSA 1A State Championship

Rochelle netters finish season with 20-13 record in doubles play

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PALATINE — Rochelle senior Jordin Dickey said she hadn’t laughed or had as much fun at any point in her life as she did while competing with doubles teammate, lifelong friend and fellow senior MeLisa Young at the IHSA 1A State Championship tennis tournament this past week.

The Lady Hub netters headed east for the state meet this past Wednesday, receiving an escort from the Rochelle Police Department and the Rochelle Fire Department while family members, friends and members of the RTHS cheerleading and volleyball teams waved and cheered them on. After going out to dinner Wednesday evening and spending the night at a hotel, Dickey and Young took the court at Palatine High School for the opening round Thursday morning.

“It was really nice that the community came together to support us before we left for state,” Dickey said. “I thought we played really well. It wasn’t any easier than the matches we played during the season, especially going to a 10-point tiebreaker in our first match, but I thought we worked really well together. We were having a lot of fun as well. Our team really became a family over the last four years and coach [Lizzie] Cartwright was a really huge help for us.”

Dickey and Young faced Prairie Ridge duo Aleena Ciezak and Kelsey Collins in the first round, going three sets but falling just short in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-10 loss. The Rochelle netters moved into the consolation bracket and took on LaSalle-Peru’s Catherine Engels and Ava Lannen next, dropping the match 2-6, 1-6 to conclude their run at the state tournament. Dickey and Young finished 20-13 in doubles play this season and ended their careers as two-time state qualifiers.

“It meant a lot that we had so much support behind us and everyone was cheering for us,” Young said. “I thought we played really well and there were a lot of good teams there. I’m proud of how we performed and we had a lot of fun. Jordin and I are already really close, but going to the state meet together really brought us closer. I enjoyed making new friends over the last four years and I enjoyed trying something new because I hadn’t played tennis before.”