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NIB-12 crown makes smashing time for KHS

Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil take top honors
ROCHELLE, Ill.—What better way to approach postseason play than a great showing at conference?

With coach Tim Larsen’s rotation performing at a consistent and reliable level much of the year, the level of surprise only rises so high after KHS captured the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference title with a 34-point showing on Friday and Saturday at Rochelle.

Not only did Kaneland win its East Division group by 12 points over runner-up Sycamore, they also outlasted West Division topper Ottawa by seven points.

Kaneland now can boast two 2011 conference champs for tennis as No. 1 doubles unit Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Jurcenko beat Dixon’s selection in the final by a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 count. Additionally, Jelly Emmanouil took the No. 2 singles crown with 7-5, 6-1 win over Brooke Hendricks of Sterling.

The Lady Knights also came away with two second-place finishes as No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman and the No. 3 doubles team of Madi Limbrick and Stephanie Rosenwinkel found themselves on the finals court.

This Saturday, Oct. 15, brings the IHSA Sectional to St. Charles East High School, with Kaneland looking to get a State invite for the second straight season. Napiorkowski and Lindsay Jurcenko made it to State in 2010, becoming the first Kaneland representatives to do so.

Tennis’ trajectory still skyward

Photo: The tennis team honored their seniors Sept. 29 after their match with Sterling was cancelled. Photo by Mary Herra

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—This has been an impressive season for KHS tennis by any stretch of the imagination.

The 13-2 dual record has been made more impressive by the Lady Knights powering through the sometimes inclement weather, which has infringed on practice time at points.

Kaneland took care of business in Mendota, Ill., against the Lady Trojans on Monday, and also beat the Hampshire Lady Whip-Purs on Sept. 28 along Big Timber Road.

A 6-1 dual win over Mendota featured two singles wins and a doubles sweep.

“I was nervous about playing today,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “With last week’s weather, we haven’t had much practice time. We looked a little rusty, but we held it together.”

Sammi Schrepferman took a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles action, and Jelly Emmanouil took her No. 2 singles encounter 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Madi Jurcenko and Maddy McMullen (subbing for Amelia Napiorkowski) took a 6-1, 6-1 sweep, and the Jenna Bicos/Jess Woodward.

Shortened matches against Hampshire still produced a convincing sweep of the hosts, with Emmanouil earning an 8-0 win, and Schrepferman continuing to win in an 8-3 affair.

“We’re winning a lot and for me, it builds confidence,” Schrepferman said. “Playing No.1 has made me a better player and try to work harder.”

Napiorkowski/Jurcenko, Bicos/Woodward and Madi Limbrick/Steph Rosenwinkel all came away with victories.

The Lady Knights see the regular season end on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, with the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Rochelle High School.

Lady Knights tennis snags first at Rochelle Invite

KANELAND—In a lighter week for Kaneland High School tennis, the Lady Knights’ action still carried quite a bit of weight.

Traveling to Rochelle for the host school’s invite, the Lady Knights came away with a first-place total of 24 points, compared to second-place Freeport’s 21.

Samantha Schrepferman went 4-0 on her way to a first in the No. 1 singles bracket, while Jelly Emmanouil went undefeated in No. 2 singles. The No.1 doubles tandem of Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Jurcenko went 3-1 and took first, while the No. 2 doubles unit of Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward took a second place at 3-1.

Kaneland’s 11: Tennis stacking wins

Photo: Madi Jurcenko (left) has become a main component in the formula for success concerning Kaneland tennis, sitting at 11-2. Photo by Madeline Cole

KANELAND—Close counts in tennis.

While the Lady Knights barely edged their opponents, every point mattered and the Kaneland crew now rides a six-match win streak.

The 11-2 Lady Knights look back on wins over host Yorkville, 3-2 on Tuesday, 4-3 over visiting Oswego on Monday and 3-2 over the invading Ottawa Pirates on Thursday.

Against the Lady Foxes, the Lady Knights saw Jelly Emmanouil take a 6-0, 6-0 sweep in the No. 2 singles matchup. The Amelia Napiorkowski/Madi Jurcenko No. 1 doubles team won 6-2, 6-0, while Madi Limbrick and Steph Rosenwinkel won their No. 3 match 6-2, 6-0.

Emmanouil also won her tussle against Oswego in a 6-3, 6-0 match. Napiorkowski and Jurcenko, plus Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward came away with wins in No. 1/No. 3 doubles.

Against Ottawa, Emmanouil, Napiorkowski/Jurcenko, and Limbrick/Rosenwinkel took it to last year’s conference champs.

Limbrick/Rosenwinkel needed a 9-7 tiebreaker in a 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 win.

The Lady Knights take on the field at the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Tennis now 7-2 after streak

KANELAND—Was the loss of a week ago to IMSA a blessing in disguise for Kaneland High School tennis?

The Lady Knights were too busy rattling off three dual punchouts in a row to consider the question.

Monday featured KHS (7-2) knocking over Rosary for the first time in coach Tim Larsen’s tenure. The prior Thursday had KHS going to Rochelle and taking the day, while Sept. 7 had another sweep, this of LaSalle-Peru out on the Kaneland courts.

In the 5-2 win over the Royals, the three singles entries of Sammie Schrepferman, Jelly Emmanouil and Maddy McMullen won their matches, while the Amelia Napiorkowski/Madi Jurcenko (6-4, 7-5) and Madi Limbrick/Stephanie Rosenwinkel tandems took doubles matchups.

In the 5-0 sweep of the Lady Hubs, Schrepferman took a straight 6-0, 6-0 win, while Emmanouil took a 6-0, 6-1 win in the No. 2 singles clash.

Against the Lady Cavaliers, the singles matches went Kaneland’s way in the 5-0 sweep, while No. 2 doubles team Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward pulled out a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win.

KHS tennis edged in Tuesday match

Photo: Sarah Grams battles on the court during Tuesday’s dual loss to IMSA in Aurora. Grams is trying to solidify Kaneland’s No. 3 singles slot. Photo by Mary Herra

AURORA—On a sunny and cool afternoon in Aurora, the Lady Knights tennis crew saw their fortunes cool for a bit—a result of a 4-3 dual loss to Illinois Math and Science Academy.

The setback brings Kaneland down to 4-2 in head-to-heads.

The 4-3 loss had bright spots, however.

The lone singles win came as a result of Angelica Emmanouil’s 6-2, 6-2 victory over Emily Ling.

Kaneland did find doubles success, as well. The No. 1 threat of Madi Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski took a 6-4, 6-0 win. No. 2 double unit Jenna Bicos and Jess Woodward came away with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win.

The tennis squad tries to hold court with Northern Illinois Big XII foe Rochelle in Ogle County on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Familiar faces and new blood buoy tennis

1st at Plainfield N. invite, wins over GN., Marengo highlight week
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In so many words, what coach Tim Larsen likes about his 2011 crop of tennis players is they “get after it,” in so many words.

“We had two freshmen that had experience and were varsity ready when they got here,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “I feel like I don’t have to do the teaching as in years past. There’s an awful lot of hustle in the varsity lineup and not a whole lot of quit.”

No point was too distant for the Lady Knights, and they parlayed that into a productive week.

On Aug. 24, the Lady Knights lost to Wheaton Academy 3-2 in a dual in West Chicago. KHS regained its swing in a 3-2 win over Marengo on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights solved six other teams enroute to a first-place finish at the annual Plainfield North Invite.

On Monday, Kaneland traveled to Carol Stream to stomp the Glenbard North Panthers by a 5-2 dual final.

The win over the Lady Indians featured wins by No. 1 singles entry Samantha Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0), and No. 2 singles counterpart Angelica Emmanouil (6-1, 6-2).

No. 1 doubles tandem Madi Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski took a 6-1, 6-4 matchup for the doubles duke.

At the home of the Tigers off of 248th Street, in Plainfield, Napiorkowski and Jurcenko nabbed first in No. 1 doubles, as did Emmanouil in the No. 2 singles spot, and the No. 3 doubles team.

For Napiorkowski, the pressure is there for the State entry of a year ago.

“There is a lot of pressure to not only do as good as last year, but better. I obviously want to do more,” Napiorkowski said.

Jurcenko’s older sister Lindsay was doubles partners at State with Napiorkowski.

“(Lindsay) mostly played singles, so this is kind of different,” Jurcenko said. “But she said to keep your partner up and give them praise because if they’re down, it’s going to affect you, too.”

Againsrt Glenbard North, Schrepferman, Emmanouil, No. 3 singles entry Maddy McMullen, and the Napiorkowski/Jurcenko combo took wins.

On Tuesday, Kaneland beat visiting Sycamore in conference action, 4-1. The singles matches and the No.1 and No. 3 doubles matchups all went Kaneland’s way.

The surging Lady Knights take on IMSA on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Aurora.