10/18/12 Woodland Academy's Caitlin McCarthy during action on the 1st day of the IHSA Girls Tennis Championships on Thursday in Hoffman Estates. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 23, 2012 6:15AM
Maddie Lipp elected to play through a trio of lingering injuries for the final three weeks of her senior season both in the pursuit of a state doubles title and to try to lead Lake Forest to a state championship.
Lipp accomplished both goals Saturday.
The Northwestern recruit and freshman Christina Zordani rolled through their three matches Saturday — including a commanding victory over Hinsdale Central’s two-time state-champion doubles team in the state semifinals — to win the state doubles title.
Lipp and Zordani’s 6-3, 6-1 victory over Hinsdale Central’s Marika Cusick and Caroline Lorenzini was vital to Lake Forest capturing its second team title in three years. The Scouts finished with 39 points, three ahead of the second-place Red Devils.
“At least for me, playing for our school and representing our families and friends as a Scout, it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Lipp, who has battled shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries since August. “It feels good.”
Lipp and Zordani were able to win the state doubles title partly because of a strong bond quickly formed during their three weeks as doubles partners.
“That was so exciting,” said junior Elizabeth Zordani, on learning that her sister won a state doubles title. “When I was a freshman, I got second, but she won. That’s obviously huge. I’m really happy for her.”