LANSING | When you put a pair together for doubles, anything can happen.
It is a matter of chemistry.
For Illiana Christian's Miranda Bouwer and Hilary Van Drunen, it was a no-brainer.
"We played together a lot in a summer league in Munster and we just play well together," Bouwer said. "We really like playing together and I think that helps."
Bouwer is a junior who has played mainly No. 2 singles, while Van Drunen is a sophomore and was at No. 1 singles.
Van Drunen said both put in the extra time to up their individual games. She said working with Bouwer has been a lot of fun.
"You have to know each other really well and be aware of where you are on the court," Van Drunen said. "We have played about 10-12 matches together this year in tournaments and we like playing together."
The duo will compete in Friday's Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional as a doubles team. The four singles players and top four doubles teams advance to next weekend's state tournament in the northwest suburbs.
"Sectionals are going to be tough," Bouwer said. "There is a lot of good players in our sectional. We want to go out and play well and get a chance to go to state."
Bouwer said there is an adjustment, but it has worked out well.
"In singles, you worry about yourself and your opponent," Bouwer said. "I think with doubles, you just have to have that chemistry and playing a lot together really helps that. You just come together."
Van Drunen said it is a matter of feeling right.
"You have to trust each other out there," Van Drunen said. "Anything can happen and you have to be prepared. Communication is a big part of it."