Review the 1996 Kaneland Tennis Season
Review the 1997 Kaneland Tennis Season
Review the 1998 Kaneland Tennis Season
|1999 Tennis Schedule|
|Day||Date||Opponent||Time||H or A|
|Monday||8/30/99||Wheaton Academy||4:00 PM||H|
|Monday||9/13/99||East Aurora||4:30 PM||A|
|Saturday||9/18/99||Yorkville Varsity Tournament||9:00 AM||A|
|Tuesday||9/21/99||Elmwood Park||4:30 PM||H|
|Saturday||9/25/99||Lemont Varsity Tournament||9:00 AM||A|
|Tuesday||9/28/99||Riverside Brookfield||4:30 PM||A|
|Thursday||9/30/99||St. Francis||4:40 PM||A|
|Saturday||10/2/99||JV SPCConf @Riverside Brookfield||9:00 AM||A|
|Friday||10/8/99||SPC Varsity Conf @ Lemont||A|
|Friday||10/15/99||IHSA Sectional Tournament|
|Saturday||10/16/99||IHSA Sectional Tournament|
|Thursday||10/21/99||IHSA State Finals Begin|
|Friday||10/22/99||IHSA State Finals|
|Saturday||10/23/99||IHSA State Finals|
Come meet the Lady Knights Tennis Team at their annual CAR WASH fundraiser on Saturday, September 4th from 10:00 to 1:00. Players will give your vehicle a good old fashioned hand wash and dry ! Leave your car at the Maple Park Fire Barn while you walk across the street and visit the Maple Park Fun Fest.
If you can't make the car wash, you can see the Lady Knights in the Maple Park Fun Fest PARADE on Saturday, September 4th at 6 p.m. Show your community spirit by coming out for the parade followed by a street dance in the park.
If you need a small carryall for sports clothes, the tennis team will once again be selling their SPORTS BAGS. These black bags with the Kaneland Knight design on the side are reasonably priced at two for $10.00 Bags can be purchased from Coach Cindy Miller in the West Gym at the High School or Miss McCoy at the Middle School.
|1999 TENNIS RESULTS|
Kaneland 5 - Wheaton Academy 1
The Lady Knights Tennis Team won their first home opening match in the history of Kaneland tennis. First match jitters are always hard to get over. All the girls played well and enjoyed their first win, said Coach Cindy Miller. Rigorous summer training paid off as the players used many of the strategies practiced.
Singles No. 1 player Amanda Beasley defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-4, while No. 2 Emily Kresse won 6-2, 7-5.
Doubles No. 1 team Nicole Runde and Lauren Hibbard played an excellent, competitive match winning 6-4, 6-4. No. 2 Rachel Zimmer and Katey Holmes (5-7, 6-4, 6-1) and No. 3 Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke (6-0, 6-0) also downed their opponents at the first match of the season.
Coach Miller commented that the girls came prepared to win and were rewarded for their hours of intense practice.
Kaneland 4 - Marengo 3
Both Kaneland and Junior Varsity Teams won their second meet of the season against Marengo. All three singles players shut out their opponents: Amanda Beasley (6-4, 6-7, 6-1), Emily Kresse (6-0, 6-3) and Carrie Eickhoff (6-3, 6-0).
Doubles teams clinched the win as Katey Holmes and Rachel Zimmer won 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 and Jessica Lightfoot and Jenny Schultz defeated their opponents 6-1, 6-4.
Coach Miller commented that this was an exciting game as the last two doubles teams really came through. Girls played with a lot of heart and determination.
The Knights record stands at 2-0.
Kaneland also won the JV match against Marengo 7-3. No. 2 JV singles Alyssa Bevans (8-5) and No. 3 Hazel Suarez (6-3) brought in two of the seven wins in their first match of the season.
Five of the seven JV doubles teams gave great performances rewarded with impressive wins. New team members Amanda Claesson and Emily Schmidt (6-1), Heather Borchardt and Dorothee Guyet (6-2) Shayna Siebens and Megan Minor (6-1) and Rebecca Hankes and Elysia Troc (6-1) had little trouble defeating opponents while returning players Michelle Faber and Megan Gruber triumphed 6-0.
The win set the JV team off to a terrific season start.
Kaneland 4 - Oswego 3
The Lady Knights upped their record to 3-0 with their defeat of Oswego. Despite temperatures up to 100 degrees on the court, the team came through with their third win of the season.
No. 2 singles Emily Kresse won her third consecutive match with a score of 6-2, 6-2. Kresse was also named "Female Athlete of the Week" by the Elburn Herald for her contributions to the team perfect record. No. 3 Carrie Eickhoff played an excellent, competitive match going three sets for a 2 1/2 hours defeating her opponent 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
In doubles play No. 3 Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke won their second match of the season 6-2, 6-3 . No. 4 doubles team Jessica Lightfoot and Jenny Schultz also came through with their second win, scoring the 4th point with a 6-3, 6-2.
"This was such a great win for the team. I'm so proud of them-- they have worked so hard since the start of the season and it is paying off. We went in knowing Oswego was tough to beat, and we did it!" praised Coach Cindy Miller.
Kaneland Junior Varsity won 6-4, advancing their record to 2-0. No. 2 singles Alyssa Bevans won her second consecutive math 8-6. Dorothee Guyet (No. 3 singles) made an impressive showing with 8-1.
In doubles action No. 1 Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht (8-3)and Kristina Vallo and Tonya Hardy (8-5) brought in two more points for the JV. And for the second straight game, teams Amanda Claesson and Emily Schmidt (8-3) and Shayna Siebens and Megan Minor (8-7) secured their 2-0 records.
The Knights play rival Sycamore this Tuesday on home turf.
Kaneland 0 - Sycamore 7
The Lady Knights Varsity Team had their first set back of the season as they lost to rival Sycamore in their fourth match of the season and Suburban Prairie Conference opener. Coach Miller noted the girls seemed heavy on their feet in comparison to their usual form.
Despite being defeated, No. 1 singles Amanda Beasley (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) and No. 2 Emily Kresse (2-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-5) played great matches that both went into three sets. The match brought the team record to 3-1.
Kaneland 1 Sycamore 9 - Junior Varsity's luck was not on their side as they faced JV Sycamore and were defeated. No. 1 singles Megan Gruber was the lone victor with an 8-4 win. The team's record now stands at 2-1.
Thanks to all who supported the Maple Park car wash last Saturday. The team made $567 for their efforts!
Kaneland 3 Lemont 4
The Lady Knights suffered their second loss of the season at Lemont on Thursday. No. 2 singles Emily Kresse had the lone victory at 6-2, 6-3. First singles Amanda Beasley and No. 3 Carrie Eickhoff both carried their games to three sets.
No. 1 doubles team Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde played a three set match winning 6-1, 6-7, 6-1. No. 4 doubles team Jessica Lightfoot and Jenny Schultz won their match when their opponents were forced to forfeit. The Lemont loss brought the team's season record to 3-2.
Kaneland 2 Lemont 3 No. 2 singles Alyssa Bevans (8-5) and no. 3 singles Dorothee Guyet (8-6) brought in the two JV victories against Lemont. The team's season record is now 2-2.
The Rosary Frosh /Soph Tennis Quad
The Rosary Frosh /Soph Tennis Quad was held Saturday September 11 at Rosary High School in Aurora. Junior Varsity teams competing for the four slots were Rosary, Kaneland, Montini and West Aurora.
In the first round of play, Kaneland faced Rosary. Alyssa Bevans playing second singles (4-6, 6-3, 7-4) and the doubles team of Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht (6-1, 6-2) were responsible for bringing in the two wins. Final Round 1: Rosary 4 Kaneland 2 Montini 1 West Aurora 5
In Round 2 play, Kaneland was matched against Montini playing at West Aurora. Kaneland scored three victories earned again by no. 2 Alyssa Bevans (6-0, 6-4), Dorothee Guyet (6-3, 6-3) and Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht (6-3, 6-3)
Final Round 2: Rosary 1 Kaneland 3 Montini 3 West Aurora 5 West Aurora played Kaneland at West in Round 3. Dorothee Guyet (6-4, 6-1) Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht (6-0, 6-0) came through again for the team with two wins. Michelle Faber and Katie Neisendorf (6-0 6-4) carried in the final point which tied the score with Rosary.
Kaneland 5 East Aurora 2
The Lady Knights Tennis team brought their season record up to 4-2 with their victory over East Aurora. No. 1 singles Amanda Beasley walked away with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win.
Carrie Eickhoff (No. 3) brought in a win of 6-3, 6-4. In doubles play, no. 1 Nicole Runde and Lauren Hibbard defeated their opponents 6-4, 6-3, no. 2 Katey Holmes and Rachel Zimmer had an impressive 6-2, 6-1, and Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke came through with 6-3, 6-3 win. Today's win brought the team's record to 4-2.
Kaneland 8 East Aurora 1 The Junior Varsity team claimed a smashing victory over East Aurora bringing in 8 wins across both singles and doubles teams. No. 1 singles Megan Gruber (6-0, 6-2), no. 2 Alyssa Bevans (8-5) and no. 3 Hazel Suarez (9-8) carried in the first three wins.
Five of six doubles teams defeated East Aurora opponents; no. 1 Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht (8-7), no. 2 Michelle Faber an Katie Neisendorf (9-7), no. 3 Emily and Amanda Claeson (8-3), no. 4 Tonya Harding and Kristina Vallo (8-5), and Megan Minor and Shayna Siebens (8-5) . This win brought the JV's record to 3-4 for the season.
Kaneland 2 Yorkville 5
The Lady Knights lost to rival Yorkville by 3 in a disappointing conference loss. Pulling in the two victories were no. 2 singles Emily Kresse (6-3,6-1) and no. 1 doubles duo Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde with a hard fought 7-6 and an easier 6-2.
The game brought the conference record to 0-3, and the total match record to 4-3.
Kaneland 1 Yorkville 4 First singles player Megan Gruber held the lone victory for the team with a 9-7. The JV squad's record stands at 3-4 overall, 0-2 in conference. Rosary Frosh/Soph Tennis Quad September 11, 1999 Kaneland and Rosary 7 Montini 8 West Aurora 14
Kaneland 7 Elmwood Park 0
The Lady Knights won all seven sets of their match against Elmwood Park on home turf, registering straight-set victories for their first Suburban Prairie Conference-White Division win.
Singles dominated play with no. 1 Amanda Beasley's 6-0, 6-0, no. 2 Emily Kresse's 6-0, 6-1, and Carrie Eickhoff's 6-1, 6-2. Beasley was named the Elburn Herald's "Female Athlete of the Week" for her talents displayed in Tuesday's game.
In doubles action, no. 1 team Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde won 6-0, 6-1, and no. 2 duo Katey Holmes and Rachel Zimmer brought in a win with a 6-1, 6-0. Also scoring easy wins were no. 3 team Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke with a perfect 6-0, 6-0, and no. 4 Jessica Lightfoot and Jenny Schultz with a 6-1, 6-4.
The impressive win brought the Knights' record to 5-3 overall, and 1-3 in conference.
Kaneland 6 Lisle 1
Coach Cindy Miller came one step closer to achieving her goal of a 6-6 season as the Lady Knights upped their record to 6-3 with their Thursday win over Lisle.
Under sunny skies, warm temperatures but noticeable wind, no. 1 single Amanda Beasley (12-1) and no. 2 Emily Kresse (12-5) brought in two points for the team. Miller commented that both Beasley and Kresse have been playing some great tennis this year. No. 3 Carrie Eickhoff had a close, hard-fought match ending up with an 11-12.
Miller also commended No. 1 doubles Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde for their game this year. The team scored a 12-9 bringing in the third point. All four doubles teams were victorious as no. 2 Rachel Zimmer and Katey Holmes scored a 12-5. Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke (12-3) and Jenny Schultz and Jessica Lightfoot (12-6) also played an excellent game winning with considerable leads.
Coach Miller said, "It's been a great week for KHS tennis with the Elmwood Park sweep and tonight's victory. Serving was excellent and all girls played extremely well to reach their 6-3 record!"
The JV team was also victorious over Lisle 4-2, with no. 1 single Megan Gruber posting an 8-4, and no. 3 Dorothee Guyet sweeping her opponent with an 8-1.
Doubles teams brought in two more points as no. 1 Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht won 8-4, and no. 3 Emily Schmidt and Amanda Claesson scored 6-4. No. 4 Elysia Troc and Heather Borchardt had a close 4-5.
Today's win boosted the JV team's season record to 4-5, and 0-3 in conference
Kaneland 0 St. Francis 5
The Lady Knights faced a disappointing loss against Wheaton St. Francis. Third doubles Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke went to three sets scoring 2-6, winning 6-4, and then losing the match with a hard fought 6-8. The team's record now stands at 6-4.
Junior Varsity Kaneland 2 Wheaton St. Francis 5: The Junior Varsity met the same demise as they fell 2-5. Megan Gruber brought in one point with her 10-2 smash. Third doubles team Emily Schmidt and Amanda Claesson teamed up to win a solid 10-4 in a pro set.
Kaneland 0 Rochelle 6
On Monday, the Varsity Tennis Team had their second consecutive loss being defeated by Rochelle 6-0. Second singles Emily Kresse (6-3) and third singles Carrie Eickhoff (6-3) both won the first set of their matches. But their opponents rebounded to take the next two sets to take the victory. Fourth doubles Jessica Lightfoot and Jenny Schultz also went to three sets, winning their first game 6-4. Today's loss brought the team's record to 6-5.
Junior Varsity Kaneland 5 Rochelle 5: The Junior Varsity Tennis Team fared better against Rochelle as they tied 5-5. Third singles Dorothee Guyet won her pro set 9-7. Singles Becky Hankes brought in the second point with her 8-2 victory. Doubles teams all had impressive wins. Number three Tonya Hardy and Kristina Vallo defeated their opponents 8-1 while Shayna Siebens and Megan Minor scored an 8-2. Katie Neisendorf and Michelle Faber teamed up to carry the team to a tie with their 8-3.
Kaneland 1 Batavia 6
Coach Cindy Miller acknowledged her team had a tough time going into the Batavia meet having faced two consecutive losses. Batavia proved to be the team's third skilled opponent in a row. Number 1 singles Amanda Beasley won her hard fought match 11-9. bringing in the lone victory for her team.
Miller also remarked, "The girls are playing so much better this year and know the feeling of winning. I am optimistic that they will bring their skills and positive attitude to our weekend conference."
Junior Varsity Kaneland 4 Batavia 6: The Junior Varsity Tennis Team scored four points against Batavia, but ultimately lost 4-6. Second singles Dorothee Guyet won her match 6-2, as did Becky Hankes with a 6-4. Alyssa Simmons brought in point number 3 with an impressive 6-0 smash. In doubles play, Heather Borchardt and Elysia Troc won 5-3 which gave the team their fourth win.
Kaneland 6 Riverside-Brookfield 1
The Lady Knights were back in winning form as they defeated RB 6-1. Singles scored two points toward the win playing two sets. Number one Amanda Beasley won 7-6, 7-4, while number three Carrie Eickhoff won her first set a close 7-6, and then walked away with a 6-1 victory.
The doubles teams all played outstanding tennis all winning in two sets. Number one Nicole Runde and Lauren Hibbard scored 6-1, 6-0, and second doubles Rachel Zimmer and Katey Holmes won 6-2, 6-2. Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke, third doubles, scored the fifth point with a 6-3, 6-4 and Jenny Schultz and Jessica Lightfoot (6-1, 6-2) finalized the victory.
The Knights record for all matches is now 7-6 and 2-3 in the conference.
Junior Varsity Kaneland 1 Riverside Brookfield 4: The Junior Varsity Tennis Team did not fare as well losing to RB 1-4. Number 2 singles Alyssa Bevans played skillfully downing her opponent 8-3 and scoring the only win. Doubles teams narrowly missed victory as Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht lost 6-8 and Emily Schmidt and Amanda Claesson were defeated 9-7.
Today's game brought the JV record to 4-8 overall and 0-4 in conference. .
Suburban Prairie Conference
|Kaneland Varsity Tennis Team||Fourth Place|
|Emily Kresse||First Place at Second Singles|
|Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde||Third Place at First Doubles|
|Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke||Third Place at Third Doubles|
Second singles Emily Kresse won the championship in the second singles category at the SPC-White Division Conference held in Lemont. Kresse earned a first-round bye and then defeated Lemont 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the second round. In the final championship round, she fought a tough three set match against Sycamore winning her victory 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
First doubles team Nicole Runde and Lauren Hibbard took third in their category. They had a first round bye, and lost in a close 7-5, 7-5 against Yorkville. In the final round, they were matched against Lemont and won 6-4, 6-4 which earned the team their third place victory.
Rachel Clark and Jolene Gruenke, third doubles, also earned a third place finish. They won over Elmwood Park by forfeit in the first round, and then were defeated by Sycamore 6-2, 6-2 in round two. Finally, they defeated Lemont 6-4, 6-3 in the last round to win the third place slot.
Also victorious in first-round play were Amanda Beasley, defeating Riverside Brookfield 6-3, 6-3 and third singles Carrie Eickhoff, sweeping RB with a 6-1, 6-0. Second doubles Rachel Zimmer and Katey Holmes also defeated RB in their first round of play with a 6-0, 6-3.
Coach Cindy Miller praised the girls for their level of play. "Final matches were difficult and intense because of the competition, and the additional pressures of homecoming weekend."
Final standings: 1. Sycamore 2. Yorkville 3. Lemont 4. Kaneland 5. Riverside Brookfield 6. Elmwood Pk.
The Lady Knights were defeated by the DeKalb tennis team in the final match of the season. Junior and No. 2 singles Emily Kresse scored the one point for the team as she won 8-3 in a pro-set. "DeKalb was a tough opponent and gave the team a challenge. Many players, although they lost, played excellent tennis," noted Coach Cindy Miller.
The loss brought the team's season record to 7-7 and 2-3 in conference. First and second singles and doubles now gear up for the Sectionals meet which is scheduled for Friday at West Aurora High School.
Kaneland 6 - DeKalb 3 Two singles players and four doubles teams were victorious in their match against DeKalb winning by 3. No. 2 Alyssa Bevans won a close 7-5, and Dorothee Guyet (No. 3) swept her opponent with a 6-1. In doubles play No. 1 Becky Faber and Michelle Albrecht won their final match of the season 6-2 as did No. 2 Emily Schmidt and Amanda Claesson (6-1). Third doubles Katie Neisendorf and Michelle Faber played a hard fought 7-6 as well as Heather Borchardt and Elysia Troc (6-4) The DeKalb game wrapped up the season and brought the team's record to 5-8.
JUNIOR VARSITY OVERVIEW
The JV team finished their season 5-8 overall and 0-4 in conference. Assistant Coach Jim Butler said, "The team was fortunate to play many more matches than usual for JV. This gave the girls great practice in playing the actual game and they continued to improve in skills. " Head Coach Cindy Miller noted that Kaneland competes against schools with indoor courts and therefore have the opportunity for year round practice. "We had a much different JV group at the end of the season than we saw in August. "
Returning players from last year's JV formed the core of this year's team. No. 1 single Megan Gruber, No. 2 single Alyssa Bevans and No. 1 doubles player Becky Faber (paired with freshman Michelle Albrecht) joined the team as sophmores. Freshmen Emily Schmidt and Amanda Claesson developed into a strong doubles team, playing the No. 2 position. Also playing this year were freshman Becky Hankes (no. 4 singles), sophomores Katie Neisendorf and Michelle Faber (No. 3 doubles) and Shayna Siebens and Megan Minor (No. 4 doubes).
Newcomer and senior foreign exchange student Dorothee Guyet finished the season with the best JV record at 9-5. Guyet, who is from France, continued to grow throughout the season, taking second at third singles at the conference tournament. Also placing at this year's conference were Alyssa Bevans (second singles) and Megan Gruber (first singles) both earning fourth place. Additional doubles teams included Kristina Vallo and Tonya Hardy, Heather Borchardt and Elysia Troc, and Alissa Simmonds and Hazel Suarez.
"The future of our tennis team depends upon the amount of work these girls are willing to put into tennis. Our goals were to do a little better in conference and be more aggressive. I'm pleased with how well we did," praised Coach Miller.
IHSA West Aurora Sectional Tournament
October 15-16, 1999
The Lady Knights Tennis team made Kaneland history at the West Aurora Sectional Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Players posted the highest score ever earned by Kaneland in sectional play as they tied for third with DeKalb. West Aurora won the event, followed by Oswego.
Kaneland entered No. 1 and 2 singles players Amanda Beasley and Emily Kresse, No. 1 doubles Nicole Runde and Lauren Hibbard and No. 2 doubles Katey Holmes and Rachel Zimmer. After the first day of play, Kaneland held second place behind state champion West Aurora (16 points) with 12 points.
No. 1 singles Amanda Beasley received a first-round bye and then defeated Yorkville 6-3, 6-1. Beasley fell in straight sets against final second place champion Oswego.
No. 2 junior Emily Kresse, Suburban Prairie White Conference singles champion, defeated Oswego 6-4, 6-3, and went on to win over Sycamore in a three-set match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. She was eliminated by DeKalb in the last round of play.
No. 1 doubles team Lauren Hibbard and Nicole Runde, placing third in Conference first doubles, received a first-round bye in their bracket. The team then defeated East Aurora in a three set battle, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. They lost their final match to West Aurora.
No. 2 doubles Rachel Zimmer and Katie Holmes also received a first round bye. They lost their match against Oswego, eliminating them from the tournament.
Coach Cindy Miller was excited about her team's advance to the sectional tournament. "Overall, we were much stronger than we were a year ago. We achieved all of the goals we set -- we had a better win record, and we placed much higher in Conference and Sectional meets. In every tournament played, we advanced farther than last year." Miller went on to say that this was one more step in the right direction for the program. She looks forward to next year with returning sophomores and juniors who will have more experience and practice to bring to the Year 2000 season.
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