Girls Tennis: Rochelle finishes second in Lady Hub Invitational

The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity tennis team took second in the Lady Hub Invitational at RTHS on Saturday. Above from left to right are Torrin Nantz, Elin Zheng, Riley Doyle, Abby Tarvestad, Maleah Pointer, Marisa Whaley, Bailey Jackson and Francesca Williams. (Courtesy photo)

Jackson, Whaley win No. 2 doubles competition

ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity tennis team held its annual Lady Hub Invitational at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday. Seniors Bailey Jackson and Marisa Whaley finished first in the No. 2 doubles bracket to lead Rochelle to a second-place performance in the five-team tournament that included DeKalb, Freeport, Newman Central Catholic and Kaneland. The Lady Hubs (2-7, 0-4 Interstate 8) totaled 20 points across five top-3 finishes in the meet.

Jackson and Whaley went 3-1 overall, defeating Freeport’s Caitlyn Simpson and Arazara Lassandro 6-3 before falling 3-6 against Kaneland’s Kaci Randall and Nola Noring. Jackson and Whaley closed out the tournament with an 8-1 victory over Newman’s Laurel Chavera and Kaitlyn Conderman as well as a 5-4 victory over DeKalb’s Eesha Faisal and Alissa Kocjan.

Junior Elin Zheng took second in the No. 1 singles bracket with a 3-1 record. Zheng fell 7-2 against Kaneland’s Anelle Dominguez before bouncing back with a 6-3 win over DeKalb’s Amirah Shakir. Zheng won consecutive matches to close out the tournament, taking down Freeport’s Audra Luecke and Newman’s Emma Oswalt with back-to-back 5-4 scores.

Senior Abby Tarvestad took second in the No. 2 singles bracket with a 3-1 record. Tarvestad edged Newman’s Maria Ardis 5-4 and fell 6-3 against Kaneland’s Lexi Maberry over her first two matches. Tarvestad finished strong to record her second-place position, cruising 8-1 over DeKalb’s Aubree Judkins and shutting out Freeport’s Ryleigh Bach with a clean 9-0 sweep.

Senior Maleah Pointer and sophomore Riley Doyle took second in the No. 3 doubles bracket with a 3-1 record. Pointer and Doyle won three consecutive matches to begin the tournament, defeating Newman’s Elise Vanderbleek and Maddy Taylor-Steffens 6-3, Freeport’s Ashlyn Erickson and Hanna Rackow 8-1 as well as DeKalb’s Nina Christopherson and Reina McGee 6-3. Pointer and Doyle fell 6-3 to Kaneland’s Annika Salchert and Anna Bischoff in Round 5.

Seniors Torrin Nantz and Francesca Williams finished third in the No. 1 doubles bracket with a 2-2 record. Nantz and Williams downed DeKalb’s Ilanie Castorena and Emma Kraft 6-3 before outlasting Freeport’s Nicole Ocon and Addie Lang 5-4 in their second match. Nantz and Williams lost their last two matches, conceding a 5-4 defeat against Newman’s Julia Rhodes and Emily Beattie and a 7-2 defeat to Kaneland’s Lauren Andrews and Abby Grams.