Why she was selected: Einck was the top local singles finisher at the IHSA state tournament over the weekend, advancing to a sixth-round consolation match.
Geneva sophomore Kirby Einck finished 4-2 at the IHSA girls tennis state tournament this past weekend, playing through wind and rain all the way through to her final match in the sixth round of the consolation bracket. Einck, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, touched base with Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley about her experience. The following is an edited transcript:
What do you take away from state, all things considered? The fact that the conditions were hard with the wind and the rain and the fact that I still could prevail and win meant that my hard work paid off and I stayed persistent.
How did you deal with all the court shuffling? I started off at Wheeling High School and then Friday I was at Palatine and then I moved to Rolling Meadows when the courts were too soaked. ... It's a little [unnerving] especially when we had to chance schools in the middle of the day, because I didn't think I would get on the court at all.
What's your toughest class this semester? Chemistry, because it involves a lot of math and I'm not particularly good at math.
How about your favorite sports movie? I really like "The Blind Side," because it's such an inspirational story and we used to live in Mississippi, where [Michael Oher] used to play. We were about 10 minutes from the university.