MAPLE PARK — Doubles has been a strength of the Lady Hub tennis team in recent seasons. Rochelle’s dominance in singles was the key to victory on Saturday, however, when the Lady Hubs battled Morris and Kaneland in a three-team conference meet at Kaneland High School.
The three programs competed in a unique 12-point format, with each team fighting for six singles points and six doubles points. Rochelle opened the meet against the Morris Redskins, who topped the Lady Hubs 4-1 earlier this season, but Rochelle was the superior squad on Saturday, as the girls swept all six singles matches to defeat Morris 7-5.
“I’m really happy with how confident the girls are playing and how well they’re holding themselves on the court,” head coach Lizzie Cartwright said. “Their confidence has grown a lot and they’re realizing that they can win. They’re doing a great job right now.”
Juniors MeLisa Young and Jordin Dickey started strong, with Young winning her No. 1 singles match 8-3 over Olivia Moore and Dickey defeating Darcy Ancel 8-1 on the No. 2 singles court. Senior Sawyer McGee and junior Sylvia Hasz earned victories as well, with McGee taking down Lydia Gile 8-5 at No. 3 singles and Hasz beating Bridget Pellens 8-3 at No. 4 singles.
“I was really proud of how well the girls adjusted,” Cartwright said. “They all wanted to win. I don’t think they felt as much pressure to play well and they went out there to have fun.”
Juniors Megan Thompson and Josie Lundquist, who teamed up for Rochelle’s only doubles point in the match, competed the team’s singles sweep with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Thompson took down Rachel Heap 8-4 and Lundquist bested Kylie Villareal 8-6, respectively. At No. 3 doubles, Thompson and Lundquist won 8-5 over Ancel and Moore.
“Josie and Megan both hustle really well and they don’t give up on their points,” Cartwright said. “When they communicate with each other, they do great things together.”
Rochelle also faced the Kaneland Knights on Saturday, falling 9-3 to finish the afternoon with a 4-11 overall record. Kaneland claimed all six singles matches over the Lady Hubs, but Rochelle brought home three points in doubles play. Dickey and Young defeated Delaney Douglas and Sarah Schimmel 8-4 at No. 4 doubles, while Hasz and McGee won 8-2 over Hannah Wooten and Jenna Mauthe. Lundquist and Thompson topped Barbara Martinez and Abby Shoaff 8-5.