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Barrington finds its groove against Buffalo Grove

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  • Barrington first singles player Lucia Stumbras returns a volley at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.

       Barrington first singles player Lucia Stumbras returns a volley at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove doubles players Dana, left, and Lauren Goggin.

       Buffalo Grove doubles players Dana, left, and Lauren Goggin.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove first singles player Elise Mousseau returns a volley against Barrington on Tuesday.

       Buffalo Grove first singles player Elise Mousseau returns a volley against Barrington on Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington first doubles players Heather Ciskowski, front, and Zoe Kaziurak.

       Barrington first doubles players Heather Ciskowski, front, and Zoe Kaziurak.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington first doubles player Zoe Kaziurak competes at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.

       Barrington first doubles player Zoe Kaziurak competes at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Heather Ciskowski, left, and Zoe Kaziurak high-five one another after a point at Buffalo Grove Tuesday.

       Barrington's Heather Ciskowski, left, and Zoe Kaziurak high-five one another after a point at Buffalo Grove Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove first doubles player Lauren Goggin competes against Barrington on Tuesday.

       Buffalo Grove first doubles player Lauren Goggin competes against Barrington on Tuesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
By Jonathan Jones
Daily Herald Correspondent

As the girls tennis season commences, powerhouse tennis teams Barrington and host Buffalo Grove contended Tuesday in a Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover matchup.

Barrington ultimately coasted to victory 6-1.

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The Fillies (3-3) and Bison (1-3), who maintain a mutual respect for one another, have difficult schedules to start the season. Barrington has faced off against Oak Park-River Forest and New Trier in the young season, while Buffalo Grove played Deerfield and Highland Park.

"Matches like this are all about improving to get into a rhythm," said Barrington coach Tracy Waters-Miller. "It's all a part of the game: getting adjusted to your opponents' strategy.

"We have a good spirit and a good team. We've had a lot of No. 1 singles that we've relied on in the past, but we're getting the lower levels to come up and step into roles and get some points."

Barrington No. 1 singles player Lucia Stumbras defeated Buffalo Grove's Elise Mosseau 6-4, 6-0, while No.2 Fillies singles player Roshni Sharma tallied a victory against Kristen Immen 6-1, 6-1.

Buffalo Grove two-time state qualifiers Dana and Lauren Goggin jumped to an early start in their match between fellow Barrington qualifiers junior Zoe Kasuriak and senior Kate Allison, winning set one 6-3. After trailing 4-5 in the second set, the tide changed as Allison/Kasuriak won three straight games to win 7-5.

Allison/Kasuriak continued their streak, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the final set. The Goggins tandem retaliated with a four-game run as well as Allison/Kasuriak struggled with lobs.

Both teams switched off game wins before Allison/Kasuriak (5-1) finally tallied the win 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

"I love playing with Zoe," Allison said when asked about the new partnership. "Zoe knows great strategies. We had a couple mental lapses, but I felt like we won because we played our game.

"The twins are the hardest in conference and it's nice to get a win against them."

Barrington's No. 2 doubles team -- Alia Nejdawi/Haley Malon -- won its match against Lauren Dorfey/Tori Rubenstein 6-2, 6-2, and the Fillies' No. 3 doubles team -- Grace McCauley/Mairead Nordi -- beat Ellena Foutis/Courtney Pietras 6-2, 6-2.

With a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 decision, Barrington No. 4 doubles team Jaclyn Blausch and Sarah Dombeck defeated Buffalo Grove's Jenny Kraver/Nicole Pecoraro.

The lone Buffalo Grove victory was at No. 3 singles, where BG's Allison Flack topped Megan Santoro 6-3, 6-4.

"Barrington played well," said Buffalo Grove coach Kevin Schrammel. "We got tight and got away with what was working for us. We'll be fine though, but it's always disappointing to let one slip away. It's still really early in the season."

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