MAPLE PARK – Whether you count the suspended matches or not, the Kaneland girls tennis team opened the season with a victory Thursday.
Although the Knights trailed the two ongoing matches when storms passed through the area, winning four of the first five handed Kaneland a victory against Glenbard North.
“We were coming back in the others, too,” Knights coach Tim Larsen said. “The courts got pretty slippery, so we had to go.”
Kaneland got victories from Sammie Schrepferman at No. 1 singles, while the top doubles team of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil also was victorious. Larsen called it a good starting point.
“There’s a lot to be figured out,” he said. “I have a lot of veterans on my team, so we are feeling pretty confident with what we’re going to do at the top of the lineup with singles and the first three doubles positions. … But we’ve still got some questions that we’ve got to answer.”
St. Charles North 4, South Elgin 3: At St. Charles, North yielded just five games in eight sets en route to sweeping doubles play. Morgan Rerko and Lianne Anderson cruised, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles, while the fourth pairing of Jordan Blonsky and Nikki Manna won, 6-1, 6-0.
Naperville North 4, Geneva 2: At Geneva, Kirby Einck and Grace Krueger earned singles victories for Geneva. The match at No. 3 singles was called due to rain.
Wheaton Academy 5, Sycamore 2: At West Chicago, the No. 3 doubles team of Wayne resident Audrey Onufrock and Lindsey Anderson were among Wheaton Academy’s winners.
Geneva def. Bartlett, 2-0 (25-12, 25-8): At Bartlett, Meg Cameron (11 assists, four digs) and Ally Barrett (eight kills) helped Geneva improve to 2-0 with a UEC crossover win.
Marmion 2, Planfield East 0: At Aurora, Marmion responded after a scoreless first half to win its season opener. Gavin Sanchez contributed a goal and an assist, while goalkeeper Matt Fletcher made four saves for the shutout.
“It was nice to get our first game under our belt,” Cadets coach Ricky Del Toro said. “A lot of guys with butterflies, very nervous. … We started in the second half to play a little better.”
Wheaton Academy 161, Ridgewood 199: At Indian Boundary in Chicago, Grant Gosden (38) led a balanced Wheaton Academy effort that included separate 41s from Zack Spear, Kyle Bertsche and Wayne resident Carter Bruntjen.