Parity may have ruled the City League girls tennis regular season, but it was clear who the top teams in girls tennis were Saturday at the Coleman Tennis Complex.
Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mount Carmel were the only teams to reach a final at the City League tournament and the two teams split the four finals matches.
Kapaun and Carroll tied for the most points at the tournament but Kapaun, led by its undefeated regular season, won its fifth consecutive league championship.
"It feels awesome, that's five in a row and we hope we can keep it going," Kapaun coach Kathy Schulte said. "I knew going into it that it was going to be close. I knew our teams matched up too close for comfort. I'm really proud of all the girls."
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Maddie Schulte followed a No. 1 doubles title with her sister last year with a No. 1 singles title this year.
Schulte defeated Carroll's Hillary Hicks 6-2, 6-1 in a match that was closer than the score.
"I felt like I played really well today," Maddie Schulte said. "It's always tough against Hillary because she hits it so hard, but it makes it more fun for me, too. This year, I played singles instead of doubles and I wish my sister was here, but it also feels really good because it feels like I did it on my own this time."
Kapaun's second finals win came from its No. 2 doubles team of Lindsey Weixelman and Anna Le. They defeated top-seeded Ana Gunther and Anne Feldkamp from Carroll 6-2, 1-6, 11-9.
Carroll's champions came in No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles.
Courtney Dold and Paige Lauer defeated Madeline Engel and Zoey Morton from Kapaun 6-3, 6-3.
"It was really exciting, especially because we've played Kapaun so many times here," Dold said. "When we came into this match, I was really pumped and thought this was my year. I had a really good partner and I thought we could really do it."
Carroll's Maddie Oxler defeated Rachel Baldwin 7-6, 7-5 in No. 2 singles in the day's closest match.
"It's really fun, we know that it's going to be great competition when we get to the finals against Kapaun," Carroll coach Monica Peter said. "I was really proud of the way our players played today, we had some players step up."
Northwest finished third, edging out East by two points. Northwest's Lindy Wilkerson defeated Lauren Cheeseborough in No. 1 singles to finish third.
Tournament team scores—Carroll 8 1/2, Kapaun 8 1/2, Northwest 7, East 6, Heights 5, North 4, Southeast 3, South 2.
Season team scores—Kapaun 17 1/2, Carroll 15 1/2, Northwest 14, East 13, Heights 10, North 8, Southeast 6, South 4.
No. 1 singles—1. Schulte, Kapaun, def. Hicks, Carroll, 6-2, 6-1. 3. Wilkerson, Northwest, def. Cheeseborough, North, 6-2, 6-4. 5. Johnson, Heights, def. V. Tran, Southeast, 9-2. 7. Stout, East, def. Peters, South, 9-1.
No. 1 doubles—1. Dold-Lauer, Carroll, def. Engel-Morton, Kapaun, 6-3, 6-3. 3. Shaver-Johnson, East, def. Kirby-Glover, Northwest, def. 6-0, 6-1. 5. Olteam-Diec, Heights, def. Lent-Sterner, North, 9-4. 7. Steindler-Jones, Southeast, def. Willard-Ruiz, South, 9-4.
No. 2 singles—1. Oxler, Carroll, def. Baldwin, Kapaun, 7-6, 7-5. 3. Pankratz, East, def. Proffitt, Heights, 6-1, 7-5. 5. Schmidt, Northwest, def. Davis, North, 9-7. 7. M. Tran, Southeast, forfeit.
No. 2 doubles—1. Weixelman-Le, Kapaun, def. Gunther-Feldkamp, Carroll, 6-2, 1-6, 11-9. 3. Redler-Van den Broek, East, def. Scriven-Manchester, Northwest, 6-4, 6-2. 5. Dunn-Vo, Southeast, def. Delacruz-Nguyen, Heights, 9-5. 7. Griffith-Brewster, South, def. Patterson-Frederick, North, 9-5.