MAPLE PARK — Dominant doubles performances resulted in the first Interstate 8 Conference win of the season for the Hub varsity tennis team Tuesday evening, when Rochelle battled the Kaneland Knights on the road.
Rochelle swept Kaneland in doubles competition, refusing to drop a single set as the Hubs cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Knights. Juniors Jason Zheng and Devansh Patel shined in No. 1 doubles, defeating Caleb Hwang and Andy McEvoy 6-3, 6-1. Junior Peter Forsberg and sophomore Owen Haas held off Nathan Baumgartner and Matt Managus 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
"It was pretty amazing since that was our first win at No. 1 doubles," Patel said. "We were pretty happy afterward and our team did really well. Jason and I stayed consistent with each other and we communicated a lot. I think we're feeling good as a team and we're playing with more confidence after two wins in a row. We just need to stay calm and go one point at a time."
Sophomore John Green and freshman Parker Lenkaitis worked well together in the No. 3 doubles matchup, besting Moses Kim and Sam Regelbrugge 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore David Wanner played a thrilling match against Josh Brunscheen on the No. 1 singles court, splitting the first two sets before hanging on for a 6-3, 6-7, 10-3 win. Junior Alex Gilbert fell 2-6, 4-6 against Aden Mumm at No. 2 singles.