Top local talent commits to Lady Eagles tennis


Corey Winchel

The IVCC women’s tennis team added some of the top local talent to their roster by signing Bailey Bradish (left) and Mariah Cavanaugh of Ottawa, Abigail Ruppert and Allison Kutz of LP. The players signed their letters of intent in a special ceremony at the IVCC gymnasium on March 7. They players were accompanied by friends and family.

The Lady Eagles tennis team added some of the top local talent this year by signing No. 1 singles player Allison Kutz of La Salle-Peru, and No.1 doubles players Abigail Rupert of La Salle-Peru, Mariah Cavanaugh of Ottawa, and Bailey Bradish of Ottawa.
The student athletes were accompanied by friends and family as they signed their letters of intent on March 7 in the IVCC gym.
Also present at the ceremony was Mark Gryzbowksi, associate vice president of student services, who welcomed the new players and spoke with the families.

Head coach Julie Milota stated, “This is my dream, I love it that we can take some of the top players from our area and compete.”

The team includes Ashley Ainsley of Streator, Carly Haywood of Ottawa, Tara Ketner of La Salle-Peru, and Katie Wellner of La Salle-Peru.

Expectations are high after a strong performance at the National Tournament last year.

“I’m used to getting the No. 4 or No. 5 players and it is really exciting to keep top talent in our area. After our season last year we are even more optimistic that this will be a successful season,” Milota said.

Although the Lady Eagles do not take the court until the beginning of September summer is still a time of hard work and optimism for the upcoming season.

As for team dedication, Milota said, “We work hard throughout the year to make our seasons a success. It doesn’t all come from practice and games, it comes from the work they put in themselves and their love for the game.”