Lady Trojan netters capture Corrigan Invite title

The Mendota girls’ tennis team took first place in its own Tom Corrigan Invitational on Oct. 9. Left to right, are head coach Shawn LeRette, Alexis Finley, Alex Stremlau, Zoe Finley, KayLee Barkman, Lizzie Bresley, Jackie Cortez and Zach Compell (student coach). (Photo contributed)

The Mendota Lady Trojans concluded their dual meet tennis season with a 4-1 victory at Streator on Oct. 5.

MHS’s Alex Stremlau won her match at No. 1 singles on a tiebreaker. The Lady Trojans swept the three doubles matches, with KayLee Barkman and Alexis Finley winning in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, while the other two tandems of Zoe Finley-Lizzy Bresley and Isabelle Escatel-Talya Schwaegerman topped their opponents in straight sets.

Oct. 5

Mendota 4, Streator 1

Singles: No. 1 – Alex Stremlau (M) def. Vogel (S), 7-5, 2-6 (11-9); No. 2 – Zavada (S) def. Jackie Cortez (M), 2-6, 6-4 (11-9)

Doubles: No. 1 – KayLee Barkman-Alexis Finley (M) def. Bourell-Zuniga (S), 6-4, 6-7 (10-6); No. 2 – Zoe Finley-Lizzy Bresley (M) def. Pickens-Janke (S), 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 – Isabelle Escatel-Talya Schwaegerman (M) def. Michalkova-James (S), 6-4, 6-4

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Mendota hosted seven other teams in the Tom Corrigan Invitational Tournament on Oct. 9 and the Lady Trojans took first-place honors in the event.

Mendota scored 25 points to slip past second-place Sterling Newman, which had 24 points. Coal City and Rockford Lutheran tied for third with 23 points.

The Lady Trojans had two champions in the tournament. Stremlau took care of three opponents to claim the No. 1 singles title, while the No. 2 doubles team of Zoe Finley-Lizzie Bresley also grabbed the championship with three straight wins.

Also competing for Mendota were Jackie Cortez at No. 2 singles (7th place) and the duo of KayLee Barkman-Alexis Finley at No. 1 doubles (2nd place).

"The girls really stepped up today,” said MHS coach Shawn LeRette. “I think they were inspired by seeing Coach Corrigan this morning at the tournament. They really wanted to win for him since he is retiring at the end of the season.

“I could not be prouder of our tenacity and aggressiveness. This means a lot to them as almost all of them are seniors. So, it is a great way to end the regular season.”

Oct. 9 – Tom Corrigan Invitational

Mendota 25, Sterling Newman 24, Coal City 23, Rockford Lutheran 23, Princeton 15, Pontiac 14, St. Bede 12, Kewanee 8

No. 1 singles: Stremlau (M) def. Barrus (SB), 6-1, 6-1; Stremlau (M) def. Stram (RL), 0-6, 7-5 (default); Stremlau (M) def. Tunink (SN), 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 singles: Lauer (RL) def. Cortez (M), 6-1, 6-1; Merkel (Pr) def. Cortez (M), 10-9; Torres (SB) def. Cortez (M)

No. 1 doubles: Barkman-A. Finley (M) def. Nawa-McGunnigal (SB), 6-3, 0-6 (10-8); Barkman-A. Finley (M) def. Yeung-Guzman (RL), 6-3, 4-6 (11-9); M. Stiles-A. Stiles (CC) def. Barkman-A. Finley (M), 6-0, 6-4

No. 2 doubles: Z. Finley-Bresley (M) def. Birkett-Vuong (Po), 6-4, 7-5; Z. Finley-Bresley (M) def. Sagel-Zigler (SN), 7-6, 6-1; Z. Finley-Bresley (M) def. Horn-Cunningham (RL), 6-3, 6-3

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