Tennis swatting away
Photo: Tim Larsen’s Kaneland High School tennis squad poses for a photo after winning the Rochelle Invite Saturday. Courtesy Photo
Lady Knights take care of business on both ends on NIB-12
KANELAND—The remaining six landscapes better brace for Kaneland tennis.
The 9-2 (5-0 Northern Illinois Big XII) squad coached by Tim Larsen ran through visiting LaSalle-Peru last Thursday, 4-1, and headed off to Yorkville on Tuesday in a battle of undefeated conference teams, coming away with a 4-1 win.
In between, the team headed to the Rochelle Invitational on Saturday and took first.
The Lady Knights haven’t lost a conference match since Sept. 12, against Sycamore.
In the final home matchup of the 2013 campaign, the Lady Knights took care of the visiting Lady Cavs. Kaneland split the singles action, with junior Sammie Schrepferman sweeping Ali Kutz in the No. 1 singles battle, 6-0, 6-0.
Junior No. 2 singles competitor Mallory Dugan was defeated 6-2, 7-5.
The traditionally strong doubles side of the net did well in LaSalle County, beginning the No. 1 team of juniors Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 team of juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 3 team of seniors Stephanie Zwick and Kaylee Shoaff won a 6-3, 6-1 tussle.
At the Hubs-hosted Rochelle Invite, the Lady Knights cut a victorious path in Ogle County, going 19-1 overall. Schrepferman went 4-0 in singles play, while the doubles section went undefeated, as well.
No. 1 singles, and all three doubles entries, played to victory against Yorkville, including the Jurcenko/Emmanouil team.
Schrepferman won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 over a strong Lindsey Schlichting, while Jurcenko/Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-0.
“They were decent players, definitely, but I knew we could win,” Jurcenko said. “They have a really strong team and a lot of depth, so I knew it’d be a struggle for our team, but I knew we could do it.”
Emmanouil feels the duo is playing at a high level.
“Definitely as a team, we’re playing really well right now. All of our shots are really crisp, and I feel like our game is at its peak,” Emmanouil said.
Larsen was looking forward to the conference battle.
“I was nervous the whole afternoon. We got behind in several matches and we had to make a move. All you can do is tell the girls the shots they need to make. They hit enough of them,” Larsen said.
Kaneland was set to trek to West Chicago to face Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Oct. 3, and to meet with IMSA in Aurora on Friday. Oct. 4.