DIXON, Ill.—Kaneland High School, for a couple of years now, has acclimated itself as a top-tier team on the conference tennis circuit.
After the events of this past Friday and Saturday at Dixon High School, the Lady Knights don’t look to be leaving that tier any time soon.
Head coach Tim Larsen and company, with 35 tournament points, captured the East division and the Northern Illinois Big XII crown, after finishing second in 2012.
Yorkville (28), Morris (24), Sycamore (20) and West leader LaSalle-Peru (18) rounded out the top five overall schools.
Kaneland boasted two conference champs on the doubles end in the form of No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, along with No. 2 tandem Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz. KHS also took home second place honors in the No. 1 singles with Sammie Schrepferman and No. 3 doubles unit Mallory Dugan and Kaylee Shoaff.
Jurcenko/Emmanouil beat the Davy/Lines team from Morris for the top prize in a 7-5, 7-5 bout. Kaneland’s team earned a finals berth after beating Cavanaugh/Bradish of Ottawa, 6-2, 6-0.
The Landers/Karolewicz crew bested Yorkville’s challenge of Peabody/Gow in a 6-4, 6-1 affair.
“These two played their best tennis of the season and were in control of every match they played. Great serves, great groundstrokes, great net play, and great reactions to their opponents’ strategies. (I’m) very happy for them and proud of their efforts this weekend,” Larsen said.
Schrepferman beat her Geneseo opponent 6-2, 6-2 before losing to heralded foe Angelina Ye of Sycamore in the finals, 6-1, 6-0.
“Sammie played a great match. She took a lot of points from Ye and forced Ye into hitting the ball long a lot, but Ye was at the top of her game and Sammie couldn’t hold her off. (I’m) still very proud of Sammie for how well she played,” Larsen said.
Dugan/Shoaff beat Ottawa’s team of Paves and Weitzel in three sets before losing to Yorkville’s Gorey and Megazzini in 6-3, 6-1 fashion.
Tuesday’s regular season finale against IMSA was rained out.
Kaneland now deals with the sectional field at West Aurora High School on Saturday, Oct. 19, with Yorkville the only other NIB-12 to join the group.