How two Peoria tennis stars took different paths to the game, and to 100 career varsity wins – Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Shikha Agarwal and Olivia Reynolds are on the opposite side of the net when it comes to high school girls tennis, opponents on the two premier powers in the Peoria area.

But they share a common stage this season, both reaching 100 career varsity victories.

Agarwal did that as the No. 1 singles player for Dunlap High School, building her legacy in a long line of great Eagles players past and present.

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Reynolds did it out of the No. 2 singles slot with Richwoods High School, and partnering with teammate Julia Wojtowicz to form a doubles tandem that finished third in the Class 1A state finals last season, the best showing by a girls doubles tandem in the Peoria area in 30 years.

Now both emerge from area sectionals with a berth in the 2023 state finals, which start Thursday in the Chicago area.

A late start toward greatness

Dunlap top singles player Shikha Agarwal makes a return against Morton opponent Chloe Kendall during their tennis match Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 at Dunlap High School.

Agarwal won a spot on the Dunlap varsity as a freshman, playing at No. 3 singles on a team of juniors and seniors.

“When I joined I was the only freshman on the team,” she said. “I looked up to Taylor Disharoon and Emily Yu. They were so driven, the two seniors I followed.

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Marc Valldeperez

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