In the first DuKane Conference varsity girls tennis tournament, Wheaton Warrenville South won the team title.
St. Charles North and WW South both finished with 44.5 points, but the Tigers won on a team tiebreaker.
Batavia took third. Geneva was fifth and St. Charles East was sixth.
At No. 1 singles, WW South’s Sam Choi powered to first place.
Teammate Emily Orlove cruised to first at No. 2 singles.
Batavia’s Hailey Flannagan took first at No. 3 singles, defeating St. Charles East’s Shayla Gadow, St. Charles North’s Ellie Montgomery and WW South’s Emma Beres.
At No. 1 doubles, the North Stars’ Shelby Thomas and Emaira Saini took first place.
The North Stars’ No. 2 doubles team of Sydney Powell and Claire Kloberdanz prevailed in their championship match against St. Charles East’s Elena Melone and Ava Abbott.
North’s No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Arbir and Leia Papanicholas defeated Batavia’s Kassie Hupach and Alex Klein in the championship match.
Batavia’s No. 4 doubles team of Katie Connolly and Bella Lins captured first place.
Batavia 2, St. Charles North 0
Batavia has had a tough season, but the Bulldogs had a great evening Oct. 2.
Celebrating senior night and its 16 seniors, Batavia snapped a three-game losing streak, shutting out St. Charles North 2-0 in the DuKane Conference.
“This was good for them, and hat’s off to them because they came out motivated and ready to go,” Batavia coach Mark Gianfrancesco said. “Everyone was busting it out there, and I’m glad they got the win because these guys are all friends, they hang out together and the chemistry is there.”
Batavia (3-8-4, 2-2-2) was ecstatic to finally earn another victory.
“You wouldn’t know it, but you’d think we won the state title today with the way they were acting,” Gianfrancesco said. “And that was just our third win. They were able to dismiss [a 1-0 loss to Lemont on Oct. 1] and the rest of the season and come out and win, which was good to see.”
The Bulldogs came out inspired and punished the North Stars just 6:06 into the game when Gunnar Knox redirected a corner kick from fellow senior Adler Palos.
“I was just there and ready for the goalie to bobble it and just poked it through,” Knox said. “You just have to always be ready. It’s just the one split second you have, and if you’re not there, you’re not there, but when you are, that’s what makes it so good.”
St. Charles North (10-5-1, 2-3-1) created scoring opportunities throughout the game, but could not finish.
“It’s very disappointing to lose this game because we had so many chances,” North Stars senior Joey Sommer said. “We just couldn’t put one away.”
Palos put one away with 9:33 left in the first half, taking a pass from senior Drew Lillig to make it 2-0.