by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”For the way things ended up at IHSA tennis Sectionals at St. Charles East on Saturday, all you had to do was look at Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski.
â€œThe final point where we won I was thinking, â€˜oh my God we are going to Stateâ€™, and (Amelia) turned around and we just ran at each other. Everyone was crying and jumping. I donâ€™t even remember the next match,â€ Jurcenko said.
In the matchup with St. Charles North’s Kate Lesswing and Abby Roggemann, Kaneland’s unit won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Napiorkowski doesnâ€™t discount the impressive nature of Kaneland tennisâ€™ accomplishment.
â€œEveryone there knew we were singles players and thought they could use doubles strategies against us but we caught on fast. We would adjust our strategies during the match,â€ Napiorkowski said.
Saturdayâ€™s celebration was warranted, and KHS hopes it will continue at the upcoming IHSA State Tennis meet. The meet takes place at courts in District 211, 214 and 220 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and now will feature the first-ever Kaneland presence at the State tennis finals.
The IHSA announced Tuesday that the Jurcenko-Napiorkowski tandem, who took fourth at Sectionals, will face Rosary’s duo Angelina Goheen and Katie King at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Jurcenko and Napiorkowski lost the third-place match to Bartlett’s Katie Gates and Gabby Gregorio 6-2, 6-1.
St. Charles North took home the sectional crown with 22 points.
Photo: Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski make KHS history as the first reps from the school at the State Tennis meet
starting Thursday, Oct. 21 Courtesy photo