Girls tennis: Lowell, Lake Central advance at CP Sectional
By Tommy WIlliams Post-Tribune correspondent May 21, 2013 10:26AM
Lowell's Kristina Stefoski returns a shot at the net to Rensselaer's Tori Watson in their singles match during sectionals at Crown Point Wednesday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 12:35PM
CROWN POINT — Who says kids don’t listen?
Lowell No. 1 tennis player Kristina Stefoski admits that she has been struggling this season, but listening to a little advice from her coach has apparently turned things around, at least Wednesday during the Crown Point Sectional.
“I’ve been having a rough season, but I took his advice more than usual to play smarter and harder for me and my team,” Stefoski said.
Stefoski and Lowell graded out perfectly Wednesday in their 5-0 win over Rensselaer to punch their ticket to the sectional semifinals Thursday, when the Red Devils will face Kankakee Valley.
Lake Central will join Lowell in the semis after its 4-1 win over Hanover Central. The Indians will face Crown Point, viewed as the favorite to win the sectional.
Lowell coach Kevin Deal said Stefoski, who won her match with Tori Watson in straight sets, wasn’t the only one who has struggled this season, but needless to say, he was happy with the timing of their turnaround.
“That was the goal from the beginning for them to come out with confidence,” Deal said. “Today they came out aggressive from the get-go. To see them come out with confidence in the first game of the sectionals negates our regular season record if we can get it going now.”
Lake Central is all for negating the past.
The Indians’ last match against Crown Point ended up in a 4-1 regular-season loss.
“The girls played beautifully,” Indians coach Bryan Szalonek said about Wednesday’s performance. “Hanover Central played an awesome match, they were very competitive.”
I’m very happy with what we did but now we have to focus on Crown Point. Hopefully we’ll have the revenge factor going for us so we’re expecting a good show.”
Krystal Rea and Jori Snyder won their No. 3 and No. 3 singles matches, respectively, in straight sets, while Lowell got doubles wins from Sarah Edwards and Meredith Sharkey (No. 1 doubles) and Kate Swisher and Jessica Bullitt at No. 2.
Hanover Central’s win came in No. 1 singles, courtesy of freshman Ivana Mick.