Tennis overcomes early struggles
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”A busy week for Lady Knights tennis had key players show progress.
Against the visiting Marengo Lady Indians on Thursday, KHS pulled out a 4-3 win that came down to the final doubles match of the evening.
With a 6-1, 6-7, 10-5 win, Sierra Cruz and Nikki LeBlanc took care of business and allowed Kaneland the slim team win.
The No. 1 team of Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Maria Rossi lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. No. 2 tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon lost a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 affair, and No. 3 squad of Sam Williams and Jordan Withey lost a 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 matchup.
The singles battles had No. 1 competitor Lindsay Jurcenko win 6-3, 6-0, followed by No. 2 Amelia Napiorkowskiâ€™s 6-3, 6-2 win. No. 3 entry Madi Limbrick emerged with a 7-6, 7-5 win.
Wednesday saw Wheaton Academy come into Maple Park and sweep the Lady Knights in a 5-0 rout.
Saturday had Kaneland finish second at the Plainfield North Invite as a team behind Lemont. Jurcenko and Napiorkowski took their brackets, and Ellefsen/Hanlon finished second in No. 2 doubles.
â€˜I think the seasonâ€™s going good so far,â€ Napiorkowski said on Saturday. â€œIâ€™ve been on varsity for a year, so I try to use that experience.â€
On Tuesday along Spartan Trail, the Lady Knights lost a 3-2 matchup despite wins from Napiorowski and the Rosenwinkel/Maddy McMullen team.
KHS is at Minooka on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Jurcenko takes her swings during Saturdayâ€™s Plainfield North Invite in which she emerged queen of her bracket. Photo by Mike Slodki