QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Last year Delaney O'Donnell and Sarah Boyd were mere spectators at the state tournament.
The doubles tandem watched as Quincy High senior Kadi Fauble made her fourth trip to state.
This fall is completely different though.
O'Donnell and Boyd advanced out of the Springfield Sectional last weekend giving the seniors their first chance at playing against Illinois' best.
Both say their growth on and off the court has made their success possible.
"It builds that (chemistry), you're not as awkward around each other," Boyd said of their relationship.
"You know how to talk and that will make communication on the court easier because you're so comfortable with that other person."
O'Donnell tenacity up front is their biggest asset.
"I think we're really aggressive at the net which will help us a lot I hope, and I think we talk really well," O'Donnell said.
"It's a really good ending. This is what we've always wanted to do, it's really exciting for us."
The Devils' dynamic doubles duo has continued the strong tradition of the tennis program.
It's the eighth straight year Mike Terry has had either the team, or at least one individual, qualify for the state tournament.
"That's kind of my measurement of whether or not we've had a successful season because we want to advance," Terry indicated.
"Once you get up there then everything else is kind of extra, but to make it is the thing."
Terry and the players loaded the van for the trek north on Wednesday afternoon.
Their first round match comes bright and early Thursday morning at 8 o'clock at Rolling Meadows High School.
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