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Change of scenery for Kaneland tennis

Girls tennis sectionals are this weekend, marking a change of venue for Kaneland.

The Knights have been grouped with Tri-Cities area teams in St. Charles in recent years, but this season the IHSA slotted Kaneland in the West Aurora Sectional, which includes opponents such as Waubonsie Valley, West Aurora and the Oswego schools.

“I think on paper I should be somewhat optimistic because there’s just so much talent in that St. Charles sectional, it’s just hard to imagine that much talent in the [West Aurora Sectional] also, but you start thinking like that, you get yourself in trouble,” Kaneland coach Tim Larsen said. “We’re going to practice hard and assume we’re going to see some [quality competition] out there.”

Kaneland is coming off a Northern Illinois Big 12 conference championship last weekend. Singles standout Sammie Schrepferman and the Knights’ top doubles team of Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko – all three juniors – are past state tournament qualifiers.

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