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Ari Dechter Mundeleis highest-seeded senior playing singles state tournament. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

Ari Dechter of Mundelein is the highest-seeded senior playing singles at the state tournament. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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STATE TENNIS SCOREBOARD

AREA SEEDED PLAYERS

Singles (128-player draw)

5-8 seed — Elizabeth Zordani (Lake Forest junior)

5-8 — Brienne Minor (Carmel sophomore)

9-16 — Karyna Bihel (Warren freshman)

9-16 — Catherine Orfanos (Lake Forest junior)

17-32 — Mindy Borovsky (Deerfield senior)

17-32 — Danielle Vasiliev (Stevenson junior)

(Note: Caroline Ryba of Glenbrook South is No. 1 seed. She did not play in last year’s state tournament. Last year’s runnerup, Alex Chatt of Lyons, is the No. 2 seed.)

Doubles (128-player draw)

3-4 seed — Maddie Lipp/Christina Zordani (Lake Forest)

5-8 — Alexxis Kiven/Kalin Dong (Stevenson)

9-16 — Taya Zoubareva/Victoria Falk (Lake Forest)

17-32 — Jenna Borzak/Jorie Fox (Deerfield)

17-32 — Rachel Goldberg/Nicole Berkman (Highland Park)

(Note: two-time defending state champs Marika Cusick/Caroline Lorenzini of Hinsdale Central is top-seeded team)

Updated: December 17, 2012 1:58AM



Mundelein High School’s Ari Dechter has a unique distinction as she heads into her final state tennis tournament.

The Mustang star is the only senior seeded in the top eight in the singles draw of this year’s 128-player state meet.

The tourney will be held Thursday-Saturday on courts in the Arlington Heights area.

Carolina Ryba of Glenbrook South is the top seed, and she’s a junior. Among the top-eight seeds who aren’t seniors are Carmel sophomore Brienne Minor and Lake Forest junior Elizabeth Zordani.

There are, in fact, just three seniors seeded among the top 16 singles players.

In doubles, two-time defending state champs Marika Cusick and Caroline Lorenzini of Hinsdale Central are trying for a three-peat.

The area’s top-seeded doubles team is the unique pairing of Maddie Lipp and Christina Zordani of Lake Forest.

Due to injury, Lipp and Zordani basically just started playing together for this tourney, but are the No. 3-4 seed in a strong field.

Hinsdale Central is the defending team champion.



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