ST. CHARLES – For the second year in a row, the crosstown rivalry between the girls tennis teams of St. Charles East and St. Charles North was dominated by the Saints.
But the North Stars made it a bit closer this time.
The Saints rolled again Tuesday at East, winning 6-1 a year after a 7-0 shutout. But make no mistake, the singles matches were tight, with two of three going three sets. Unfortunately for the North Stars, the doubles matches were anything but, and what East recognizes as the strength of its team won all four matches in dominating fashion.
East’s four doubles teams won a collective 48 of 58 games, with the No. 2 squad of twin sisters Carly and Alexa Huskisson winning both sets by scores of 6-0.
“It’s been going well so far,” Carly Huskisson said. “We haven’t lost yet. We’re just trying to get better and hopefully improve.”
The doubles domination wrapped up Tuesday’s match for East before any of the singles matches had finished. The Saints know it’s the strength of their team, and they have high hopes going forward.
“We have a really strong doubles lineup this year throughout the whole team,” said senior Haydyn Jones, ne half of East’s top doubles team alongside Kelsie Roberton. “So that’ll be exciting when it comes late in the season, especially closer to conference. This is a really big match for us today.
“We are very aware of our potential this year, and we have high goals. We really hope to do well at conference this year because we have every reason to. This is one of our strongest teams in a long time, and we’re excited about what’s going to come.”
East ended up taking both the singles matches that went to three sets, but North grabbed the other, thanks to a 7-5, 6-3 win from senior Kaity Wolfe over East’s Sam Maze at No. 3 singles.
“It was super intense,” Wolfe said. “We had deuce a lot of the time. I just tried to keep my head in it and get every ball in. I had to hang in there a lot. It was hard. ... It felt really good. It’s nice to know that I won after all that work.”
Sarah Church (No. 1 singles) and Jaci Spoerl (No. 2 singles) both won in three sets for East.
The East win keeps its record perfect at 5-0 (2-0 in conference), while North was sent to 4-1 (1-1 in conference) with the loss. The Saints have plenty more they hope to accomplish this season, and a big win over the rival North Stars is just another checkmark along the way.
“Because they’re almost all seniors, they really want this to be a special season,” East coach Sena Drawer said. “We want to win conference. ... And sectional, I think we have a good shot at that, but more importantly I’d like to take two doubles teams to state, my one and two, and hopefully [No. 1 singles player] Sarah [Church].
“And if we can do that, life is really good.”