As a whole, the Fenwick tennis team is a strong and competitive bunch. The Friars proved Saturday that divided they are just as formidable, finishing fourth at a tough Maine South Tournament and sweeping all three opponents in a Glenbard South Quad.

A few players from the frosh-soph team joined the Fenwick varsity crew at Maine South, and the result showed the future also looks promising for the Friars. Sophomore Audrey Kiefer made it to the final match at No. 2 singles by defeating Glenbard West’s Hannah Futh. Kiefer finished second overall, as did the doubles duo of sophomore Christina Janda and freshman Maggie Saltiel at No. 2 doubles.

Aymsley Upp went 1-1 at No. 1 singles for the Friars, finishing fifth overall. The No. 1 doubles team of Colleen Bingle and Ali Seyfarth also placed fifth in the tournament.

While one half of the Fenwick tennis team was proving its mettle at Maine South, the other half was wreaking havoc at Glenbard South. The Friars swept the field 3-0, including a 5-2 victory over the host and a 4-3 win over St. Francis.

At No. 1 singles, Rachel Canfora went 2-1 in the quad. Kathleen Kelly and Julie Comfort did the same at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles team of Mia Mastrangeli and Julia Feldman also had two victories for the Friars.

Playing up from the sophomore team, Mary Kate Binecki won two matches at No. 3 singles, as did freshman Nicole Stark and sophomore Sheila Mullen (No. 3 doubles). Sophomores Megan Frank and Molly Downey won two matches at No. 4 doubles

Last week, Fenwick (12-1 in dual meets) also clobbered both Marian Catholic, 7-0, and Providence, 6-1. Not one singles player or doubles pair gave up more than three points to Marian Catholic. Comfort and Kelly posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.

Against Providence, Canfora battled to a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles.

The Friars host Loyola tonight (4 p.m.) and Joliet Catholic on Thursday for Senior Night (4:30 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...