ST. CHARLES – The wait was worth it.
Playing Monday for the singles championship of the St. Charles East Girls Tennis Sectional after weather and fatigue concerns postponed the match Saturday, Geneva’s Kayla Fujimoto topped Liselot Koenen of St. Charles North, 6-3, 6-4, to enter her fourth state appearance on an aggressive note.
“Kayla really had Liselot back on her heels. I felt as I watched it, Liselot was on the defensive most of the match and it was Kayla that was attacking,” Geneva coach Maureen Weiler said.
“It’s fun to watch that type of match at that level.”
North collected 30 points to win its third straight sectional team title, although a few things put a damper on the victory. Lauren Drawbridge and Carly Dutkiewicz teamed to win their third-place doubles match against Geneva’s Claire Chlasta and Annie Tourte, but the No. 1 doubles team of Jenna Bell and Alecia Natale dropped the championship to rivals Erin Bowman and Lexi Baltes of St. Charles East, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.
Everyone who advanced to Monday’s final rounds qualified for the IHSA State Tournament, which begins Thursday around the northwest suburbs.
In the day’s other scheduled third-place match, North Stars freshman Brittany Plaszewski defeated Sycamore’s Veronica Behrens by default when Behrens was unable to attend due to a school band commitment. North coach Eve Tubman had hoped Plaszewski could gain experience against a player she had not faced before.
“On the one side of it, we are sectional champions, and we’re proud of that,” Tubman said. “But we’re also a little disappointed. Sometimes these things are good going in, though, because it gets the girls fired up to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Aurora Christian 2, Guerin 0 (25-14, 25-9): At River Grove, Ashley Ilseman had nine kills to lead the Eagles (13-13-1, 2-7 Suburban Christian Conference), while Taylor Knauf collected 23 assists.
Aurora Central Catholic 2, Immaculate Conception 1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-16): At Aurora, the Chargers (21-8) clinched the inaugural SCC Gold title as well as an 8-0 record at home.
Rosary 2, St. Edward 0 (25-21, 25-22): At Aurora, Lindsay Juriga contributed 12 assists and Amelia Wegman smacked seven kills for the Royals (17-17, 4-5 SCC).