At Saturday’s Shepard Doubles Quadrangular, Stagg’s girls played almost perfect tennis while facing off against Chicago Christian, Morton and the host Lady Astros.
In 18 matches, which encompassed six doubles contests against each school, the Lady Chargers went 17-1 to come away with a dominating team victory. The Lady Knights were second with nine wins, Morton totaled eight and the Lady Astros logged two.
Stagg’s winners versus Christian included the tandems of Nicole Pamphilis-Jillian Atkenson, who defeated Grace Furlong-Haley Reiher 6-1, 6-3; Leeza Bodnar-Silvia Kulbokas, who topped Rachel Hamstra-Jill Kuipers 7-5, 6-2; and Natalia Rodzyk-Serena George, who prevailed 6-2, 6-0. Also victorious were the teams of Jenny Stamos-Aneta Dziadowiec (7-6 (7-5), 6-3 over Bre Vollan-Kyla Mitchell), Jovia Manolis-Noor Elmosa (7-5, 6-3 over Jill Dowdy-Kayla Bulthuis) and Dovile Guzaskaite-Ashley Dettlaff (6-4, 6-3 over Cali Fiandaca-Ann Tang).
Pamphilis-Atkenson got the winning started against Shepard by beating the Lady Astros’ duo of Rhonda Habbal-Martha Turwon 6-1, 6-0. Bodnar-Kulbokas then defeated Kelsey Domina-Taylor Domina (6-2, 6-0), Rodzyk-George bested Katelyn Paulsen-Sarah Kent (6-1, 6-1), Stamos-Dziadowiec outscored Nancy Lesnicki-Gabby Jusczak (6-4, 6-4), Manolis-Elmosa got past Natalie Bruce-Kaylan MacDonald (6-4, 6-4), and Guzaskaite-Dettlaff romped over Kaisa Cisak-Stephanie Silverman (6-0, 6-2).
Morton was responsible for the Lady Chargers’ only setback as its pairing of Alexis Cmnat-Alexis Rodriguez sneaked by Guzaskaite-Dettlaff by winning a tiebreaker at No. 6 doubles. Stagg’s team dropped a 6-1, 1-6, 8-6 verdict.
Before taking part in the event at Shepard, Stagg captured a 6-1 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue victory over Joliet Township co-op last Tuesday. Bodnar-Kulbokas were standouts for the Lady Chargers at second-doubles.
Although Shepard did not fare particularly well at its own doubles tournament, the future does appear bright for the Lady Astros. Habbal, a No. 1 singles player who won conference last year as a sophomore, teamed up with Martha Turwon to defeat Morton’s No. 1 doubles duo 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.
Two more promising prospects are sophomore twins Kelsey and Taylor Domina, who collected Shepard’s other triumph versus Morton’s second-doubles tandem. So far this season, the Domina sisters have recorded South Suburban Conference victories over TF South, TF North, Bremen, Eisenhower Hillcrest, Oak Forest, Reavis and Richards.
“We’re really going to be a solid team next year,” Shepard coach Kelly Myron said. “I just keep telling the girls that they are getting better. Kelsey and Taylor would be undefeated if they played on the sophomore team, but they’re getting invaluable experience competing on varsity.”
Sandburg scored 23 points on Saturday and took first in its own eight-team invitational for the second year in a row.
Natalie Schultz won the No. 2 singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Lady Eagles teammate Jasmine Abunaim, who played for Sandburg’s Gold squad. The Lady Eagles’ No. 3 doubles tandem of Nisha Riley-Jackie Makdah also claimed a crown.
Sandburg placed entries in two other championship matches, but had to settle for being runner-up in each. Molly Traverso dropped a 6-1, 6-2 singles verdict to Providence Catholic freshman Hannah Davis, while the Lady Celtics’ first-doubles duo of Maggie Ruane-Kelly Ruane bested the Lady Eagles’ team of Priya Sharma-Allia Abunaim 6-0, 6-1.
Schultz’s win at No. 1 singles highlighted Sandburg’s 5-0 triumph over Shepard in a dual match last Monday.
South Suburban Conference Red victories over Reavis (2-1) and Oak Lawn (2-0) last Monday and Tuesday, respectively, enabled Shepard to finish the week with a plus-.500 ledger. The Astros’ lone setback came against Argo (2-0) on Thursday in another Red Division clash.
Shootout goals by Bartek Juszczak, Edson Trejo and Mike Iturbe gave host Shepard a 3-2 edge in that phase, which paved the way for its defeat of the Rams. Corry Williams notched the Astros’ regulation tally.
Iturbe and Williams struck again versus the Spartans, as Mike Kaczmarczyk assisted on both of Shepard’s markers.
In Thursday’s semifinals of the Lincoln-Way Invitational, Sandburg dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Lincoln-Way West. The Eagles bounced back on Saturday, however, to beat Bloom Township 5-3 in the third-place match.
Mike Klimkowski’s two goals powered Sandburg (7-3) in its conquest of the Blazing Trojans.
Chicago Christian battled Oak Lawn to a scoreless draw last Monday night in Palos Heights. Netminder Caleb De Ruiter made three saves for the Knights (4-2-3) en route to posting his third shutout of the campaign.
Stagg defeated Downers Grove South 2-1 on Saturday, as Roberto Torres and Matt Kois accounted for the Chargers’ goals.
Chicago Christian collected a 164-211 victory over Eisenhower last Monday and then followed up by rolling past Oak Lawn 151-188 on Thursday.
The Knights’ Blaine Wright earned medalist honors against the Cardinals by carding a 38 at The Meadows. Jay Timmer’s 35 was the overall low score as Christian topped the Spartans at Stony Creek.
At Saturday’s Green Wedge Cup, the SouthWest Suburban Conference defeated the Southwest Prairie Conference 21-6 at Green Garden. Sandburg’s Nick Adduce was the medalist by carding an 18-hole score of 67.
Stagg dropped a 155-169 verdict to Joliet Township co-op in Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue match at Palos Golf Club.
Evergreen Park edged Shepard 173-175 in a South Suburban Conference Red match at Gleneagles last Thursday. The Mustangs’ JR Wazio was the medalist with a nine-hole score of 40.
Stagg dropped SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matches to Lockport and Sandburg last Monday and Tuesday, respectively, before finishing second at the Mt. Assisi Invitational on Saturday.
Natalie Collina’s round of 48 not only paced the Lady Chargers against the Lady Porters, but it rated as the medalist score as well at Silver Lake’s Rolling Hills course. However, Lockport copped first place as a team by out-shooting Stagg 197-220.
Collina’s third place represented the Lady Chargers’ top individual performance at Mt. Assisi. Collina carded a 92 over 18 holes and Stagg finished with 423 strokes.
This past Monday, Collina’s 49 was good enough to garner another medalist designation, and the Lady Chargers parlayed her latest effort into a 209-251 SWSC Blue win over Bolingbrook at Silver Lake.
In addition to riding Frankie Saban’s medalist-earning score of 35 to its 160-204 victory over the Lady Chargers at Silver Lake’s North course, Sandburg defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 171-198 in another SWSC Blue encounter at Coyote Run.
Once again, Saban was the Lady Eagles’ pacesetter as she fired a 38 and got named medalist versus the Lady Vikings.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Sandburg (225 points) finished fifth among 63 teams at Saturday’s Richard Spring Invitational, hosted by Peoria Notre Dame.
The Eagles’ top runner was Greg Burzinski, who placed 20th at Detweiller Park after completing the three-mile race in 15 minutes, 7 seconds.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Chicago Christian scored 121 points and took third at Saturday’s 12-team Illiana Christian Invitational.
Sandburg (453 points) was 13th at Saturday’s Richard Spring Invitational as Grace Kelly gave the Lady Eagles their best finish with her 39th-place showing. Kelly clocked an 18:20 for three miles.