Stevenson uses matches against New Trier as measuring stick
Apr 8, 2014 9:44 PM -
If Stevenson and New Trier are on the tennis courts at the same time, it must mark the official start of the regular season. The two perennial state powers opened the 2014 campaign at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka on Tuesday afternoon -- and on the strength of wins at No. 1 singles and first doubles, the host Trevians earned a 7-2 victory over the Patriots. "After playing tennis against each other for nearly a month, it was good to finally get out there and face another opponent," said Stevenson coach Tom Stanhope, whose Patriots won the North Suburban Conference title last season and finished runners-up to Hinsdale Center in the IHSA state tournament. "We always open our season against New Trier, and the great thing about playing a top-level opponent like them is you immediately see the things you have to work on. After today, we obviously have a lot of things to work on."