OTTAWA – Kaneland girls tennis players typically table talk of their victories before too long.
On Wednesday, the Knights had no choice but to keep jabbering. Sure, a 7-0 romp against Northern Illinois Big 12 foe Ottawa had its talking points. Kaneland found out just how many after its bus broke down a few miles north of the school after the team stopped for dinner.
“We’re a slap-happy group of people in a well-lit parking lot,” Knights coach Tim Larsen said by cell phone as the team awaited a replacement bus.
The Knights were especially excited about doubles play. In the No. 1 spot, Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil topped their Pirates counterparts, 6-0, 6-0 ,in a match that felt much tighter.
“There were a lot of deuces and every game was a nail-biter,” Larsen said. “That was very impressive, because they were two very strong players at Ottawa. Our girls just played smart to get the win.”
Kaneland also benefited from a three-set victory from Stephanie Zwick and Kalyee Shoaff at No. 3 doubles. The match marked the first time the pair played together, as the team navigates what Larsen called a short-term injury in the No. 2 doubles slot.
Geneva 6, Wheaton Academy 2: At Geneva, Geneva yielded just eight games in four singles matches, including one combined between Kirby Einck (No. 1) and Shannon Foster (No. 3). Wheaton Academy’s top doubles tandem of Betsy Jones and Lizzy Larson won in a three-set tiebreaker.
Waubonsie Valley 5, St. Charles East 2: At Aurora, East scored both of its victories at doubles in the UEC crossover. The Saints’ No. 2 team of Carly and Alexa Huskisson was victorious along with the fourth pairing of Lauren McNally and Emmy Russell.
Burlington Central 2, Harvard 0 (25-15, 25-11): At Harvard, Central libero Allie O’Reilly collected 10 digs while serving the first 17 points of Game 2. Lexie Bouza smacked four kills for the Rockets (11-5, 3-0 BNC East).
St. Charles East 176, Neuqua Valley 186: At Naperbrook Golf Course in Plainfield, medalist Paige Jordan boosted East with a 37. Darby Crane followed with a 42 for the Saints (4-3, 3-2 UEC).
Larkin 190, Burlington Central 222: At The Highlands of Elgin, Jenna Kurosky (41) and Josie Kurosky (43) paced Central in defeat.