CENTERVILLE — Wilmington’s Claire Burns earned a berth in next week’s Division I Southwest District tennis tournament.
Playing in the Div. I Sectional Tuesday at Centerville High School, Burns won three matches to reach the semifinal round. She’ll continue play in the sectional Wednesday.
Her finish will determine her seeding at the district tournament. She is the No. 2 seed at the sectional.
“Claire was very sharp, playing exceptionally well at inflection points in her qualifying match,” said WHS head coach Doug Cooper. “Every time a door of opportunity seemed to creak open for her opponent, Claire slammed it shut, rendering the match out of reach.”
Burns qualified for the state tournament last season.
Chandni Sharma won a singles match over Lewis of Middletown 6-1, 7-5 before losing.
The double teams of Reagan Henry and Layna Holmes were 6-3, 6-2 winners over Palmer and Esau of Monroe.
“Having five of our seven players in the second round was a really good day for us,” Cooper said.
October 5, 2021
Division I Sectional
@Centerville High School
1: Claire Burns def Moon (Mon) 6-0, 6-0; def Isenburg (Mid) 6-0, 6-0; def Siler (Cen) 6-1, 6-1
2: Jenna Taylor was def by Alappatt (Cen) 0-6, 5-7
3: Chandni Sharma def Lewis (Mid) 6-1, 7-5; was def by Brink (Bbrk) 0-6, 0-6
1: Reagan Henry, Layna Holmes def Palmer, Esau (Mon) 6-3, 6-2; were def by Sullivan, Hulburt (Sboro) 0-6, 0-65
2: Avni Patel, Rory Housh were def by Nagel, Hale (Mon) 2-6, 1-6