ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles North girls tennis team knew what challenges it faced when the 2013 Upstate Eight Conference champs Geneva visited North on Tuesday.
The Stars lost to Geneva, 5-2, as Geneva swept the singles competition.
“We know that they have a good singles lineup,” North coach Eve Tubman said. “Geneva is always a good team …”
Geneva’s Kirby Einck defeated Kate Boeke, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles while Geneva sophomore Grace Krueger defeated North’s Kaitlyn Anderson at No. 2 singles by the same margin.
Elizabeth Prendergast’s 6-1, 6-0 victory over Maddie Morray rounded out the singles win for the Vikings.
“This was an important one for us,” said Geneva coach Maureen Weiler, “… this week is probably the week that’s going to make the difference [in conference].”
After the Vikings (8-4, 3-0 UEC) swept the singles, St. Charles North (2-1 UEC) responded by winning at No. 1 doubles with Brittany Rohrsen and Morgan Rerko (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) as well at No. 2 doubles with Emma Spellman and Lianne Anderson (6-4, 3-6, 7-4).
“It was a good match because, obviously, Geneva is really good,” Rohrsen said about her doubles win. “[Morgan] and I have played (together] since freshman year, we have been best friends and this year we’re going off and hopefully going to be moving on to play together senior year.”
After splitting the first two sets, Rohrsen and Rerko fell behind 3-0 in the third set. They were able to fight their way back for the win with great serving and timely scoring. They defeated Geneva’s Emma Hazel and Shannon Foster.
“They won the war today, but I feel like we kind of won the battle,” Tubman said after the doubles finished.
Geneva’s No. 3 doubles, Kayleigh Barnaba and Jaden Ciesielski, and No. 4 doubles, Therese Niedbala and Killian Tracey, both were victorious with scores of 7-5, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-1, respectively.
“Jaden and I basically came in here thinking we could do the best we could do and we just did it and I’m really happy with how we played,” Barbaba said of their win.
None of the Geneva doubles pairs have played together before this year.
Upstate Eight Conference action continues with Geneva playing St. Charles East at home while St. Charles North plays Batavia on Thursday.