Tennis endures first loss of dual slate, but bests Sycamore
KANELAND—While win after win is nice, the odds of a long, continuous stretch of them are hard to come by in a competitive landscape.
Kaneland began with four dual wins in a row, and looked good against rival Sycamore this week, but fell to Aurora mainstay Rosary on Monday.
On Tuesday, Kaneland traveled to Ogle County for another chance at a Northern Illinois Big XII win in Rochelle and swept the Hubs 5-0.
KHS is now 6-1, with a (2-0) mark in NIB-12 play.
The Thursday matchup with the Lady Spartans ended in a 3-2 victory for the Lady Knights. While Sammie Schrepferman and Stephanie Zwick suffered losses in singles play, it was the doubles side that helped rally the effort.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko won a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, and the No. 2 side of Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz took a 6-1, 6-0 match. No. 3 doubles unit Kaylee Shoaff and Mallory Dugan won a 6-4, 7-6 match to secure the team win.
Against Rosary in the 4-3 loss, Schrepferman earned the lone singles win with a 6-2, 6-1 decision, the Emmanouil/Jurcenko team won a 6-0, 6-0 clash and the Shoaff/Dugan team won 7-5, 6-1.
At Rochelle Tuesday, KHS swept all matches, with singles Schrepferman (6-0, 6-0) and Zwick (6-4, 6-2) and doubles Emmanouil/Jurcenko (6-0, 6-1), Karolwicz/Landers (6-2, 6-0) and Shoaff/Dugan (6-1, 6-0) all notching wins.
KHS coach Tim Larsen feels the Lady Knights can’t be in the business of overlooking anyone.
“There’s no room in this sport for taking anything lightly. We’re just trying to get ready for each opponent right now. (We) lost a close match to Rosary (Monday) and we feel like we left a lot of points out on the courts, so our next few practices will have a very fine focus on the shots we’re not executing as well as we should.”
Kaneland was scheduled to host crossover opponent Ottawa on Wednesday, and head to the usual late September Yorkville Quad stop on Saturday, Sept. 21.