New Trier HS Sports
Kaplan wins at second singles; Trevs overall champs
New Trier, GBS battle at CSL South tourney
October 07, 2011 | 01:07 AM
Revenge was the name of the game on the singles side of the Central Suburban League South girls Tennis tournament.
Glenbrook South's Caroline Ryba already lost twice to New Trier's Carol Finke this season, but wouldn't let it happen again.
Ryba jumped on Finke early and bested her in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, in the top singles finals Wednesday, Oct. 5, to claim the first conference title of her young career.
"My goal was to win today," Ryba said. "I couldn't ask for more.
"I think I just took a different approach this time because I lost to her twice previously. I tried to focus more, be a little more consistent, play smarter. I guess it worked."
Finke and Ryba both qualified for the state meet a year ago and have formed a rivalry as two sophomores in the CSL South. The two's meeting in the first singles finals was one of six meetings between GBS and New Trier in the seven divisions at the tournament.
Despite Ryba's win, New Trier won the other five and added a sixth win to run away with the team conference title.
The Trevs' Anna Kaplan also got some revenge.
Kaplan lost met Anne Marie Emme, who she lost to earlier in the season, in the second singles finals, but with a new strategy, the New Trier junior dominated the offensive Emme in a hard-fought but straight-set (6-3, 6-3) win.
"I lost to her once early in the season and it wasn't my best match," Kaplan said. "I knew I had to come out and win as many points as possible. She's a banger. She loves to hit winners. The less winners I could get her to hit the less confident she would be.
"I made sure to keep her deep so she couldn't threaten me as much with her shots."
The gameplan worked and Kaplan picked up the conference title as did third singles player Taylor Tamblyn for the Trevs.
Tamblyn got off to a fast start but had to outduel a charging Jessica Chepurda, of GBS, to sweep the match 6-1, 6-4.
New Trier again showed off its depth on the doubles side, winning all four divisions.
Lead doubles pair Emily Barretta and Gabby Nixon felt some heat from the Titans' Caley Howland and CC Hoogland, but won a 6-1, 6-4 match.
Rebecca Ritchie and Alana Peters won 6-2, 6-2 over a Maine South duo at No. 2 doubles while Lauren Van Solkema and Kirstie Woodbury (6-1, 6-4) and Claire Golden and Audrey Mang (6-0, 6-1) bested GBS foes at third and fourth doubles, respectively.
Despite the losses in the finals, GBS coach Katie Nicolotti was pleased with her players' character, as they consistently came back after first-set losses to compete.
"For them to be able to maintain that level of mental balance and toughness, really just says a lot about them," she said. "I feel like they've all really grown a lot as players and I feel that was exhibited in those matches."
New Trier, on the other hand, was able to bend, but not break in many matches.
For their efforts, the Trevs take home another conference title and now prepare for their host sectional this weekend. GBS plays in the Maine South Sectional.
"I thought we had a great performance today," Trevs' coach Allison Gottlieb Rose said. "We had a lot of positives on all of our levels.
"We're looking forward to the sectional and hopefully qualifying everyone for state."
Because of the tournament win, New Trier wins the overall conference championship with Glenbrook South taking second. During the awards ceremony, All-Conference athletes were also announced. Fourteen players were named, including New Trier's Finke, Kaplan, Barretta, Nixon, Ritchie and Peters; and the Titans' Ryba, Emme, Howland and Hoogland – all of whom were automatically named for finishing first or second in the top two singles and doubles divisions.
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