Tennis’ trajectory still skyward
Photo: The tennis team honored their seniors Sept. 29 after their match with Sterling was cancelled. Photo by Mary Herra
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—This has been an impressive season for KHS tennis by any stretch of the imagination.
The 13-2 dual record has been made more impressive by the Lady Knights powering through the sometimes inclement weather, which has infringed on practice time at points.
Kaneland took care of business in Mendota, Ill., against the Lady Trojans on Monday, and also beat the Hampshire Lady Whip-Purs on Sept. 28 along Big Timber Road.
A 6-1 dual win over Mendota featured two singles wins and a doubles sweep.
“I was nervous about playing today,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “With last week’s weather, we haven’t had much practice time. We looked a little rusty, but we held it together.”
Sammi Schrepferman took a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles action, and Jelly Emmanouil took her No. 2 singles encounter 6-1, 6-2.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Madi Jurcenko and Maddy McMullen (subbing for Amelia Napiorkowski) took a 6-1, 6-1 sweep, and the Jenna Bicos/Jess Woodward.
Shortened matches against Hampshire still produced a convincing sweep of the hosts, with Emmanouil earning an 8-0 win, and Schrepferman continuing to win in an 8-3 affair.
“We’re winning a lot and for me, it builds confidence,” Schrepferman said. “Playing No.1 has made me a better player and try to work harder.”
Napiorkowski/Jurcenko, Bicos/Woodward and Madi Limbrick/Steph Rosenwinkel all came away with victories.
The Lady Knights see the regular season end on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, with the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Rochelle High School.