Republic moved into the district championship round with a win at home over Springfield Catholic Tuesday, 5-1. Republic won two of the three doubles matches, then finished three singles victories to get five wins, securing the match. Mia Stan’s singles win was the clincher for Republic.
In doubles play, Elsie Crawford and Jasmine Howard teamed up to win 8-1, while Stan and Ashlyn Leonard won their match 9-7. Stan and Leonard led 7-4, lost three straight games, then rebounded to close out the match with two straight.
In singles play, Crawford and Howard both won quickly, giving Republic a 4-1 lead in matches. When Stan’s victory finished off the Irish, Izzy Wells was leading, Morgan Lewis was locked in a third-set tiebreaker, and Abby McCord was down a set, but led 4-0 in the second set and was on her way to tying it up.
The Lady Tigers are 16-2, and they advance to play for a district championship against Springfield Central at the Gillenwaters tennis courts near Kickapoo High School.
Republic and Central split two matches earlier this season.
Photos by David Brazeal