No. 1 Jurcenko on hot streak for Lady Knights
by Mike Slodki
That makes three wins in a row for the Lady Knights tennis team.
Shaking off an iffy start, the girls have captured three matches in a row to improve to 4-4 on the season.
On Thursday, DeKalb fell victim to the Lady Knights by a final of 6-1 at Northern Illinois University. Kaneland followed up that piece of good news with a 4-3 win over Oswego in Maple Park.
No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko took on Alison Anderson and won a 6-1, 6-1 matchup. No. 2 competitor Amelia Napiorkowski came back against Dana Jorgenson to win a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 battle. Meanwhile, KHS swept the doubles slate, thanks to wins by the Olivia Emmanouil/Liz Webb, Randi Bader/Kelsey Lenhardt, Tessa Kuipers/Mel Mazuc and Caiti Ellefsen/Liz Kennedy teams.
â€œThis caps off a pretty good week for Kaneland tennis,â€ KHS coach Tim Larsen said. â€œMost impressive today was Ameliaâ€™s win. She never did find a good forehand but played around it, found a good strategy, and won enough points to get the win.â€
The JV team defeated the Lady Barbs by a 4-3 score, helped out by Maddy McMullenâ€™s 7-6, 6-3 win.
Against the visiting Panthers, Jurcenko took a 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 win over Bre Vergonet, and Bader and Lenhardt won a 6-4, 6-4 tussle vs. Dani Blocker and Erin Montgomery in the No. 2 doubles category.
In JV action, the Lady Knights earned a 7-1 win.
Future meetings for Kaneland tennis include a home meet with Geneva on Thursday, Sept. 24, and the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 26.