The Naperville North girls varsity tennis team battled both the heat and their opponents from Benet Academy, but came up short in Wednesday’s match.
The Naperville North Huskies (5-3, 1-0) were defeated by the Benet Academy Redwings by a final of seven matches to two.
The highlight of the night for the Huskies came in the doubles game played by seniors Sophia Stokes and Simona Hudakova. The match went into multiple tiebreaker sets and was both a physical and mental challenge for Stokes, Hudakova and their opponents.
“It was a pretty long match to play,” Stokes said . “We [Stokes and Hudakova] kept saying ‘we got this, we got this’ because every point matters and the match isn’t over until it’s over.”
Despite the long play time, Stokes was pleased to have her entire team stay to support her and her partner, and believes that exemplifies the team’s dedication to each other. “No matter what, we always back each other up and cheer each other on,” Stokes said. “My team was still there after playing in such a long match today being so supportive, and I just really appreciate the family we have created.”
Junior Jessica Borozan also touched on the bonds the team created throughout the beginning of their season. She believes it has helped them create a welcoming place to grow both as people and as players.
“It’s nice to have a place to go after school where I can spend time with friends and get encouragement from my teammates,” Borozan said. “It’s such a positive environment.”
The Huskies are looking forward to the rest of their season, both in actual matches played and in the friendships they are making.
“I’m just excited for all of the memories I’m going to make with my teammates,” Stokes said. “I can’t wait for those intense matches that you just don’t want to walk away from because you know you’ve given them everything you’ve got.”
The Huskies will continue their season on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Naperville Central Redhawks. The match is set to begin at 4:30 P.M.