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Badminton: Lincoln-Way East wins T.F. North Invitational title

Updated: March 29, 2014 10:12PM



Lincoln-Way East’s Courtney Matheu took her lumps last season at the T.F. North Invitational.

What a difference a year makes.

The senior finished second at No. 2 singles, helping Lincoln-Way East (39 points) to a first-place finish at the eight-team meet, defeating district rival Lincoln-Way North (34) for the title.

“It was my first time playing at No. 1 singles (last year), and it really threw me off,” Matheu said with a laugh. “This year, I knew what to expect. I started off strong and was able to shake off mistakes. If I was down, I’d just try and get back up.”

Oswego East’s Pearl Fox defeated Matheu 11-21, 21-14, 22-20 in the No. 2 singles title match. For Matheu, the performance, even with the loss, provided quite a confidence boost.

“It shows I’ve gotten a lot better than last year,” she said. “There’s even more room for improvement, so I’m very optimistic about what’s going to happen next.”

Lincoln-Way East didn’t have any first-place winners Saturday. Instead, the Griffins’ depth proved key.

Stephanie Hunniford and Nicole Huss finished second at No. 3 doubles, losing 21-19, 21-18 to Lincoln-Way North’s Molly Killbride and Sarah Pajeau. Stephanie Zuccato (No. 3 singles) also ended in second, falling 21-19, 23-21 to Lincoln-Way North’s Amanda Rockrohr.

Sarah Teichman and Sara Piotrowski (No. 1) and Andie Doyle and Lexi Rogien (No. 3) finished third in the their doubles brackets.

“We thought coming in we’d be able to compete,” Lincoln-Way East coach Ryan Pohlmann said. “We played well (in pool play). The girls competed at the end and lived up to expectations.”

Lincoln-Way North was led by Rockrohr (No. 3 singles) and Killbride and Pajeau (No. 3 doubles).

Oswego East’s Leena Huang won the No. 1 singles title, defeating Romeoville’s Angeleah Barin 21-13, 21-3 for the championship.

“Over the offseason, I worked a lot on my clears and smashes, and I’ve been practicing a lot getting ready for the season,” Huang said. “It’s paid off.”

Joliet West (4th, 30 points) claimed the other two champions, Andie Zadorozny and Casadi Brendemuehl (No. 1 doubles) winning 21-13, 21-10 over Plainfield South’s Shannon Simek and Megan Mariotti. At No. 2 doubles, Joliet West’s Danielle Uphoff and Natalie Mander won 21-14, 21-18 over Lincoln-Way North’s Kelley Heynen and Christina Conrad.

Plainfield South (3rd, 31 points), Romeoville (5th, 29), Oswego East (6th, 28), T.F. North (7th, 15) and Plainfield Central (8th, 10) rounded out the team standings.



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