Familiar faces and new blood buoy tennis

By on September 1, 2011

1st at Plainfield N. invite, wins over GN., Marengo highlight week
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In so many words, what coach Tim Larsen likes about his 2011 crop of tennis players is they “get after it,” in so many words.

“We had two freshmen that had experience and were varsity ready when they got here,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “I feel like I don’t have to do the teaching as in years past. There’s an awful lot of hustle in the varsity lineup and not a whole lot of quit.”

No point was too distant for the Lady Knights, and they parlayed that into a productive week.

On Aug. 24, the Lady Knights lost to Wheaton Academy 3-2 in a dual in West Chicago. KHS regained its swing in a 3-2 win over Marengo on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights solved six other teams enroute to a first-place finish at the annual Plainfield North Invite.

On Monday, Kaneland traveled to Carol Stream to stomp the Glenbard North Panthers by a 5-2 dual final.

The win over the Lady Indians featured wins by No. 1 singles entry Samantha Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0), and No. 2 singles counterpart Angelica Emmanouil (6-1, 6-2).

No. 1 doubles tandem Madi Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski took a 6-1, 6-4 matchup for the doubles duke.

At the home of the Tigers off of 248th Street, in Plainfield, Napiorkowski and Jurcenko nabbed first in No. 1 doubles, as did Emmanouil in the No. 2 singles spot, and the No. 3 doubles team.

For Napiorkowski, the pressure is there for the State entry of a year ago.

“There is a lot of pressure to not only do as good as last year, but better. I obviously want to do more,” Napiorkowski said.

Jurcenko’s older sister Lindsay was doubles partners at State with Napiorkowski.

“(Lindsay) mostly played singles, so this is kind of different,” Jurcenko said. “But she said to keep your partner up and give them praise because if they’re down, it’s going to affect you, too.”

Againsrt Glenbard North, Schrepferman, Emmanouil, No. 3 singles entry Maddy McMullen, and the Napiorkowski/Jurcenko combo took wins.

On Tuesday, Kaneland beat visiting Sycamore in conference action, 4-1. The singles matches and the No.1 and No. 3 doubles matchups all went Kaneland’s way.

The surging Lady Knights take on IMSA on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Aurora.