Davis Vargo was chosen as the winner of the Golden Racquet Award, the MVP award for the Golden Aces boys tennis team.
Vargo, a senior on the 2013 squad, advanced to state with Doug Sievers in doubles play. Sievers was also honored for qualifying for state at the Aces awards banquet, held at Kelly O’s.
Levi James received the Sportsmanship award, Sean Willis took the Hustle award and Cameron Kieffer won the award for most improved player.
Nick Whetstone, a senior on the team, won the Triangle Award, which is presented on the basis of academics, citizenship and athletics. Nick Leighty was named the winner of the Mental Attitude award.
Patty Bramlet is the coach of the Aces.
ARLINGTON HTS., Ill. — As most southern Illinois players do, Mt. Carmel’s doubles team of Davis Vargo and Doug Sievers found the going tough at the IHSA state tennis tournament.
They lost their first two matches on Thursday and were eliminated from the one-class state tournament.
In the first round Vargo and Sievers lost to Tristan Endsley and Andrew Stovall from Rockford Guilford, 6-1, 6-0. Vargo and Sievers then lost to John Potts and Nick McCarty of Geneva 6-2, 6-4 in the consolation round and were eliminated from the tourney.
Endsley and Stovall lost their next match, but have since won three straight in the consolation bracket and are now in the final field of 16 in that bracket.
Potts and McCarty also won their next consolation match before losing in the field of 32 and being eliminated.
Tournament play continues through Saturday.
Vargo and Sievers last week became the second straight Aces doubles tandem and the third in the last four years to win a Sectional championship.
After being interrupted by rain shortly after the start on Tuesday, the Aces tennis team was able to complete a match against Carmi on Wednesday at the WVC courts.
Carmi won the match, 7-2. Mt. Carmel is now 2-3 on the year. Patty Bramlet’s team is back home today (Thursday) to face Mt. Vernon, Ill. at 4:30 p.m.