Badminton: Solid start for L-Way CentralLincoln-Way Central's Veronica Baldermannat (front) and Jana Mudrock (back) shoot against Oak Forest's Kathy Flannigan and Janine Adams, at Monday evenings matches held at Lincoln-Way Central. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 12, 2012 10:02PM
Lincoln-Way Central got strong doubles plays at its own season-opening quadrangular and won two of three matches Monday.
The Knights defeated Oak Forest 5-3 and Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 between a 7-1 loss to Hinsdale South, which finished fourth at state last year.
“Overall, I was very happy,” Central coach Liz Karales said. “I thought the girls played very well. We even gave Hinsdale South a few close matches.”
Hinsdale South defeated all three opponents Monday.
The strong play for the Knights, who won seven of eight doubles matches outside of Hinsdale South, came even as Karales was trying to mix-and-match tandems.
“We’ve been trying to set the singles lineup, so we haven’t had a lot of doubles focus,” Karales said. “But they all played very well. All of the doubles teams stepped up and played aggressively.”
Kylie Wolf and Catrina Cimaroli (No. 2), a returning doubles team for the Knights, won all three of their matches Monday — but with different partners each time. They played together in a 21-9, 21-12 win over Hinsdale South, and will be together at No. 2 in the future.
Veronica Baldermann, a returning state qualifier for the Knights, won two of three at No. 1 doubles with new partner Jana Mudrock.
Brittney Jones (No. 2 singles) and Margaret Kolyvan (No. 3 singles) each won twice for the Knights.
Oak Forest swept H-F 8-0. The Bengals fell 6-2 to Hinsdale South. Oak Forest was the only team in the quad to win more than one match against Hinsdale South.
Oak Forest’s Yersenia Ponce DeLeon won both of her singles matches. The Oak Forest team of Kim Kuspa and Brooke Adams went 2-0.