OTTAWA – Kaneland girls tennis players typically table talk of their victories before too long.
On Wednesday, the Knights had no choice but to keep jabbering.
Sure, a 7-0 romp against Northern Illinois Big 12 foe Ottawa had its talking points. Kaneland found out just how many after its bus broke down a few miles north of the school after the team stopped for dinner.
“We’re a slap-happy group of people in a well-lit parking lot,” Knights coach Tim Larsen said by cellphone as the team awaited a replacement bus.
The Knights were especially excited about doubles play. In the No. 1 spot, Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil topped their Pirates counterparts, 6-0, 6-0, in a match that felt much tighter.
“There were a lot of deuces and every game was a nail-biter,” Larsen said. “That was very impressive, because they were two very strong players at Ottawa. Our girls just played smart to get the win.”
Kaneland also benefited from a three-set victory from Stephanie Zwick and Kalyee Shoaff at No. 3 doubles. The match marked the first time the pair played together, as the team navigates what Larsen called a short-term injury in the No. 2 doubles slot.
Cogs fall: Richmond-Burton beat Genoa-Kingston 4-2. Devon Tijerina and Eric Tomlinson had goals for the Cogs, and Tijerina added an assist.
“Richmond outplayed and outhustled us at both ends of the field for the majority of the game tonight,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “We still had opportunities for goals, but we just didn’t finish them.”
The Cogs now are 7-3 and 2-2 in the Big Northern Conference East Division.
T’Wolves shut out: Serena beat Indian Creek, 1-0, on an own goal by the Timberwolves, who fell to 5-6 and 1-3 in the Little Ten Conference.
“We outplayed Serena, outshot them, but made one mistake and it cost us the game because we flat out can’t score,” T’Wolves coach Eric Schrader said.
Bobcats get win: Trevor Siegler had three goals for Somonauk in an 8-2 win over Paw Paw. Tommy Skupien had two for the Bobcats, who are now 8-2-2 and 4-0 in the Little Ten Conference.
Barbs edge Yorkville: DeKalb got a 41 from Ben Melms as the Barbs beat Yorkville 168-169 at Kishwaukee Country Club. The win is DeKalb’s first of the season. Nick Bourdages and Chris Clark each added a 42 for DeKalb, and Ryan Schultz shot a 43.
The Barbs now are 1-4 and 1-3 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
“Our guys have been kind of struggling all year, it was just good to get this win,” DeKalb coach John Cordes said. “We had four solid scores, which we haven’t been getting all year.”
Lucca leads Cogs: Tommy Lucca shot a 41, earning medalist honors for Genoa-Kingston in a 171-195 win over Somonauk. Nick Adamcyk finished with a 42 for the Cogs, while Jake Langford had a 43 and Mason Lucca finished with a 45 for G-K (10-4).
“It’s nice to go on the road and get a win, and that was probably a couple of strokes above our average,” Cogs coach Mike Lauer said. “The kids did a nice job playing tonight. This course can be a tough course. Pleased with tonight’s effort.”
Alex Moyer had a 41 for the Bobcats. Trevor McCoy finished with a 46.
• Kevin Druley contributed to this report.