The Dunlap girls tennis team had to wait 10 years and two extra days to claim its first Mid-Illini Conference title since 2007.
Rain Saturday postponed the conclusion of the tournament until Monday, when the Eagles won three of the four flights.
Dunlap finished with 16.5 total points — including the results of dual matches — to edge Morton (13), Metamora (11.5) and Washington (10) for the M-I team championship, ending a six-year run by the Potters.
“It’s been a long time coming for these ladies,” Dunlap coach Pat Gornik said. “They’ve really put in work this season and tried to embrace some coaching and strategy that wasn’t there before.
“We came close to beating Morton last year, but lost by something like half a point. I blame that on myself and wasn’t going to let that happen again.
“I’m so happy for the girls. They’ve deserved everything they’ve gotten. We didn’t talk much about a Mid-Illini team championship earlier — we just focused on what we can do and what we can control to get better.”
Dunlap freshman Taylor Disharoon, the No. 1 seed, lost only one game on her way to the No. 1 singles title. She beat 2015 champ Crystal Cobler of Morton 6-0, 6-0 in the title match.
Senior Deepti Sudhakar won the No. 2 singles title for the Eagles with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Metamora’s Alison Lee.
Big 12 tournament: Normal Community girls tennis players won five of nine flights Monday in Bloomington and claimed the Big 12 Conference tournament team title for the second straight year.
The tournament started Saturday, but was postponed until Monday because of weather.
The Ironmen won the tournament with 82 points. Normal West was second with 73 points.
Peoria Notre Dame led area teams with a tie for sixth place. Peoria Richwoods placed ninth, Peoria High 10th and Manual 11th.
High finisher for the Irish was junior Maria Coulter, who placed third in No. 1 singles.
Notre Dame sophomore Natalie Giovani was fifth in No. 3 singles and teamed with Addie Hishon for fifth in No. 3 doubles. Aubrianna Radee placed fifth in No. 5 singles for the Irish.
Sophomore Ameena Patel of Richwoods finished fifth in No. 6 singles.