Janesville Craig opens girls tennis season
KENOSHA--The Janesville Craig girls tennis team opened its season with a 5-2 nonconference loss to Kenosha Indian Trail Academy on Monday.
Craig lost all four singles matches. Craig’s No. 1 singles player Kaylee Rossing, hindered by a hand injury lingering from softball season, took Emily States to a tiebreaking third set but lost it 13-11. In Nos. 2, 3 and 4 singles, the Cougars could only muster a win in one game with Kristin Whitcomb taking one off Paige Kent in the first set of their No. 3 singles match.
The Cougars fared better in doubles play, winning the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. Sara Runde and Sierra Reese topped Lizzie Schlitz and Emma Geglierdi 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, and Carly McGrath and Abby Hughes beat Natalie Parrish and Keilee Dunker 6-4, 6-0.
Craig coach Bill Peyer said early mistakes cost his squad, but was pleased by this early-season result. Had his inexperienced team—only Rossing and the team of Runde and Reese played consistently on varsity last season—come through in its tiebreak opportunities in No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles, it would’ve won the meet 4-3.
Craig will be in action again this weekend, hosting 13 teams at its invitational tournament on the courts at Palmer Park on Friday and Saturday. Play begins at 8 a.m. both days. Big Foot, Milton and Janesville Parker are among the teams that will participate.
KENOSHA INDIAN TRAIL ACADEMY 5, JANESVILLE CRAIG 2
No 1: Emily States (KIT) def. Kaylee Rossing (JC), 3-6, 6-4, 13-11.
No. 2: Anmol Patel (KIT) def. Clara Langbecker (JC), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Paige Kent (KIT) def. Kristin Whitcomb (JC), 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4: Joclyn Jozefika (KIT) def. Amanda Wilkie (JC), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1: Sara Runde and Sierra Reese (JC) def. Lizzie Schlitz and Emma Geglierdi (KIT), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
No. 2: Carly McGrath and Abby Hughes (JC) def. Natalie Parrish and Keilee Dunker (KIT), 6-4, 6-0.
No. 3: Georgia Chue and Annalise Voyles (KIT) def. Taylor Olsen and Courtney Peck (JC), 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.