Photo: Kaneland’s Jessica Woodward watches her return shot during the varsity girls match against Mendota on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If only every week could be as successful as this one for Kaneland High School tennis.
The Lady Knights battled non-conference opponent Mendota while hosting Senior Night and came away with a 6-1 dual win to improve to 11-3 on the season.
Kaneland also battled five other teams in the Geneva Quad and garnered a second place.
Against the Lady Trojans, it was the top two singles entries with victories in the form of sophomore Sammie Schrepferman and senior Sarah Grams.
Schrepferman won her match in 8-1 fashion, while Grams won her bout by an 8-0 score.
On a Senior Night where the group of four-year players were celebrated with gifts and speeches, Grams got down to business as best she could.
“I just try to keep the ball in play,” Grams said. “Moving it back and forth with my backhand and forehand, and if I had to chance to move up to the net, that’s what I’d try to do.”
No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil won their match by an 8-1 tally, and No. 2 doubles team Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward did their part to celebrate their own Senior Night with an 8-4 win.
Brooke Harner and Aly Harner won their No. 3 doubles duel, as did Danielle McCormack and Abby Meyer in the extra match.
Kaneland did quite well for itself at the Geneva Quad, finishing second behind only St. Charles East.
Kaneland outlasted Geneva, Wheaton Academy, St. Charles North and Bartlett.
Kaneland finishes a suspended dual meet at Oswego on Thursday, Oct. 4.