ST. CHARLES – In one of the most anticipated girls tennis matches of the season, Batavia nipped St. Charles East on Thursday, 4-3.
"We knew St. Charles East was going to be a good team," Batavia coach Brad Nelson said. "They had some good, young players last year. We knew there was going to be a good battle. Our girls were up for it. If we wanted to stay in control of the conference, we had to come in here and win."
Batavia dominated at singles, but East controlled doubles. At first singles, East's Sarah Church fell to Batavia's Miranda Grizaffi, 6-2, 6-3.
"We really wanted this win. We were all pumped up," Grizaffi said.
At No. 2 singles, Batavia's Liza Fruendt beat Jamie Youngberg of East, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 singles player Nora McClure of Batavia beat East's Jaci Spoerl, 6-4, 6-0.
Jenny Mizikar and Amelia Cogan, the Bulldogs' No. 1 doubles team, beat the Saints' Haydyn Jones and Kelsie Roberton, 6-1, 6-2.
"We were so excited and really wanted to beat them today," Mizikar said. "They played great."
"We were on today," Cogan added.
Carly Huskisson and Alexa Huskisson, the Saints' No. 2 doubles team, beat Brooke LeFevre and Annie Maren of Batavia, 6-4, 6-4.
"We tried to stay calm and be relaxed when playing. ... When we stay calm and encourage each other on, we start playing better," said Carly Huskisson.
At No. 3 doubles, East's Meghan Gauthier and Kellie Sciurba beat Morgan Hess and Lauren Hermann of Batavia, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Lauren McNally and Emmy Russell, the No. 4 doubles team for the Saints, defeated Betsy Oroni and Courtney Hutchinson of Batavia, 7-5, 6-1.
"Fourth doubles did a real nice job," East coach Sena Drawer said. "They're like our bread and butter. We can pretty much count on them."
"We have had a great season," Drawer added. "I knew this one would be our toughest one because Batavia is very deep and very strong this year. It's the best season we've had in several years."
St. Charles North 5, Larkin 2: At St. Charles, freshman Emma Spellman had North's lone singles win, by a 6-0, 6-0 score, as the North Stars prevailed in UEC River play.
St. Francis 5, Marian Central 0: At Wheaton, St. Francis won all Suburban Christian Conference matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 No. 2 doubles win for Genna Gruendeman and Kailey O'Connor.
Aurora Central Catholic 4, St. Edward 1: At Aurora, Alex Horton and Shelby Banks both had dominant singles wins for the Chargers in SCC play.
Wheaton Academy 5, Walther Lutheran 0: At West Chicago, Mackenzie Schiff won, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles for Wheaton Academy.
Kaneland 2, Ottawa 0 (25-11, 27-25): At Maple Park, Ellie Dunn and Lyndi Scholl each had eight kills, Ashley Prost distributed 22 assists and Shayna Tucek had 11 digs for Kaneland in the Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover.
Geneva 2, Bartlett 0 (25-15, 25-9): At Bartlett, Kelly Dalheim (10 digs) and Kelsey Wicinski (eight digs) led the back row and Maddie Courter notched four blocks to propel Geneva (14-6) to the UEC crossover win.
Waubonsie Valley 2, St. Charles North 1 (25-18, 21-25, 26-24): At St. Charles, North dropped the tight UEC crossover.
Geneva 3, Glenbard South 0: At Glen Ellyn, Grant Bracken, Josh Poythress and Beck Nebergall scored as Geneva (3-6-2) earned a nonconference win.
DeKalb 3, Kaneland 1: At Maple Park, Anthony Parillo scored the lone goal for Kaneland (8-3-2, 3-2-1 NI Big 12 East).
Wheaton Academy 7, Guerin 0: At River Grove, Grant Stoneman scored four goals to boost Wheaton Academy to the SCC win.
St. Charles East 100, Metea Valley 80: At St. Charles, East's 200-yard medley relay team of Mary Snyder, Nicole Chapko, Jamie Cranfil and Stephanie Garvin started the meet strong for the Saints by winning in 1:52.99.
Neuqua Valley 98.5, St. Charles North 87.5: At St. Charles, Jordyn Paulsen and Katie Schutz came in 1-2 for North in 1-meter diving as North fell to UEC foe Neuqua Valley.
• Tammy Swanson contributed to this report.