Tennis: 3rd Annual Rochelle Summer Tennis Tournament held this weekend

The 3rd Annual Rochelle Summer Tennis Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday at the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District tennis courts. Pictured above are the six athletes, including first-place finisher Liam Kerbel (left) and second-place finisher Ryan Beck (right), who competed in the High School Boys Singles Division. (Courtesy photo)

73 athletes across 11 divisions take the court

ROCHELLE — The 3rd Annual Rochelle Summer Tennis Tournament concluded Saturday evening, with 73 athletes from 25 different cities playing over 150 total matches. The two-day tournament began Friday morning at the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District tennis courts. Athletes competed in 11 different divisions and combined to play 23 hours worth of tennis.

Oregon’s Cian Ferb won the Junior High Singles Division with 22 points and a 3-0 record. Ferb defeated Angelina Sala 7-3 and Auston Sala 7-3 before winning 8-2 over Noah McKinney to seal the division title. Auston Sala and Angelina Sala won the Junior High Doubles Division with eight points and a 1-0 record, taking down John Williams and Mason Bolhous 8-0.

Sycamore’s Liam Kerbel won the High School Boys Singles Division with 23 points and a 4-1 record. Kerbel defeated Brenden Christensen 6-0 and Jon Locascio 4-2 over the first two rounds before falling 2-4 against Ryan Beck during the fourth round. Kerbel bounced back with a 5-1 victory over Tyson Phillips and a 6-0 victory against Zachary Dreska in the final round. 

Oregon’s Kristy Eckardt won the Women’s Singles Division with 23 points and a 5-0 record. Eckardt swept Abi Tarvestad and Emma Stumpf 6-0 before defeating Jeanne Trowbridge 5-1 and beating Uli Dornhagen 6-0. Eckardt won the final match over Samantha Hathaway 4-3.

Janesville’s Tristan Plaut won the Men’s Singles Division with 22 points and a 5-0 record. Plaut scored victories over Alp Sala (6-0), Andy Eckardt (5-1), Christian Ciembronowicz (5-1) and Dhinesh Ravi Krishna (6-0) before outlasting John Michael Loggins 4-2 in the final round. 

Naperville’s Samantha Hathaway and Rockford’s Chris Voekler won the Mixed Doubles Division with 17 points and a 4-1-1 record. The duo defeated John Michael Loggins/MeLisa Young 4-2 before winning 6-0 over Dave Cartwright/Lizzie Cartwright. After a 4-2 win over Matt Trowbridge/Margaret Trowbridge, the two drew Uli Dornhagen/Ed Schradermeier 3-3 to earn their place in the finals against Andy Eckardt/Kristy Eckardt, where they earned a 4-2 win. 

Rochelle’s Randy Paisley and Gurnee’s Rick Paisley won the Men’s Doubles Division with 17 points and a 4-1-1 record. The Paisleys defeated both Liam Kerbel/Barry Kerbel and Mark Grosso/Ryan Grosso 5-1 before downing Tristan Plaut/Zach Richard 4-2 and drawing Matt Trowbridge/Kelly Johnson 3-3. The duo beat Chris Voekler/John McKenzie 4-1 in the finals.

Oregon’s Kristy Eckardt and Rochelle’s Lizzie Cartwright won the Women’s Doubles Division with 19 points and a 5-0 record. Eckardt and Cartwright defeated Ashley Knight/Sylvia Hasz 4-2 and Emma Stumpf/Amy Stumpf 6-0 before topping Leah Kuehl/Grace Ferguson 4-2 and Jill Kohlert/Jessica Timm 5-1. The duo won the finals over Lindsey Kalis/Debbie Schaefer 4-2.

Rockford’s John McKenzie and Matt Trowbridge won the Senior Doubles Division with 18 points and a 3-0 record. The duo swept all three of their opponents in the tournament, winning 6-0 over Richard Rice/Greg Waas, Alan Cooper/Greg Gromann and John Prabhakar/Roy Threlkeld.

Dixon’s Grace Ferguson and Leah Kuehl won the High School Girls Doubles Division, defeating Catherine Williams/Francesca Williams 8-2. Rochelle’s David Wanner and Owen Haas won the High School Boys Doubles Division with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over Mark Green/John Green.

See Wednesday's News-Leader for more photos from the 3rd Annual Rochelle Summer Tennis Tournament.

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