Girls Tennis: West Aurora’s Emily Stefancic wins sectional

Story Image Yorkville's Lindsey Schlichter hits a shot from the baseline Saturday in the IMSA Sectional.
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Updated: October 13, 2012 7:06PM

West Aurora junior Emily Stefancic didn’t have to deal with the rainy and chilly conditions during the IMSA girls tennis sectional on Saturday.

But she did have to battle with the Harlows from Oswego East.

While the elements moved the sectional to Aurora’s Vaughn Center, the sterile environment did nothing from slowing Stefancic from a dominating performance as she won the singles title in convincing fashion.

Stefancic first disposed of Jaiere Harlow in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2. She didn’t hesitate in the finals, continuing her fluid pace to take care of Sajela Harlow, 6-2, 6-1.

“Emily played the best tennis of the year and is gearing up for a strong showing this week at the state finals,” West Aurora coach Tad Keely said. “She was all-state last year and is looking to build on her accomplishments from last season.”

Batavia’s Jenny Mizikar and Amelia Cogan won the doubles title, defeating Oswego’s Michaela Wagner and Laura Dombrowski, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and Oswego East’s Leena Hwang and Alexis Blackmon, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to set the stage for a championship match against Rosary’s Andrea Govao and Megan Conlin, which they rallied to a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory.

“That was a tight match and we dropped the first set but the girls had a nice comeback,” Batavia coach Brad Nelson said. “Hopefully we can build on that going into the state tournament.”

Rosary coach John Tsang was pleased to see his duo nearly knock off the top seed.

“We have a lot to proud of,” he said. “They took them three sets and the second set went back and forth before they lost a tiebreaker. Hopefully this gives them more confidence and they’ll be a little more hungry when they get down to state.”

The doubles victory proved huge for the Bulldogs as it helped them place second overall in the sectional after Liza Fruendt and Miranda Grizaffi were upended in close singles matches on Friday.

“We lost some tough matches but we still finished second out of 10 teams which is not too shabby,” Nelson said. “We certainly would’ve liked to have had a few more girls advance to state, but they played with their hearts and ran into some good tennis.”

Oswego East edged Batavia for the sectional team title, 24-20. Waubonsie Valley was third with 14 points and Oswego, Yorkville and West Aurora tied for fourth place with 12 points apiece.

JaJaiere Harlow beat Yorkville’s Lindsey Schlichting, 6-1, 6-2 for third place in singles. Hwang and Blackmon beat Waubonsie Valley’s Anna Reimers and Amanda Glavin, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 for third place in doubles.

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