Alleman Big Six tennis

Alleman's Lily Schoeck returns the ball to Moline’s Monica Burski at the Western Big 6 Conference girls tennis meet Saturday at United Township in East Moline. Schoeck won her second straight conference singles title as the Pioneers won their third straight team title.

Meg McLaughlin, Lee News Network

The Western Big Six girls conference tennis tournament meet had a little bit of everything on Saturday.

And the meet is still not officially over.

Come-and-go showers on Saturday played havoc with the schedule forcing some matches to be moved from the tournament headquarters at United Township High School and postponed one final match to Monday.

Despite the stopping and starting of the tournament because of the weather, there was one certainty to come out of the action — Rock Island Alleman had tallied enough points to clinch its third straight Western Big Six championship no matter what happens after Monday's match.

The doubles championship match between Alleman's Lauren Hird and Noely Baumann and Moline's Kate Schaechter and Lauren Myers will be played at 3:30 p.m. at United Township High School. After rain had fallen late on Saturday morning, some matches were moved to the Life Fitness Center in Bettendorf to be completed.

But by early afternoon, the rain had let up to allow some of the doubles matches to be played at UT. However, the rain returned later in the afternoon to force stoppage of play. The third-place doubles match was played indoors and Quincy's Natalia Fasano and Callie Nicholas beat the Panthers' Katlynn Hanson and Shikha Adhikari, 6-1, 6-2.

While the doubles championship could have been played in Bettendorf, Alleman had players that were planning on attending Alleman homecoming events on Saturday evening. Pioneers coach Leslie Hird gave credit to Moline coach Jeff McCracken and his program for not pushing the issue on Saturday and allowing the final to be played Monday to accommodate the Alleman players.

Leslie Hird said despite all the craziness of the day, she was proud of her team's ability to stay focused and pick up another WB6 title.

"Everybody on the team contributed, everyone played great," Hird said. "It's exciting for them to take it again, for a three-peat, it's very thrilling. I am just super excited. They all played excellent."

Junior Lily Schoeck won her second straight WB6 title in singles play for the Pioneers. Schoeck was playing in her third consecutive title match after losing as a freshman in the title match.

Schoeck took down Quincy sophomore Olivia Clayton, 6-1, 6-2 in the final as the remaining singles matches were completed at the Life Fitness Center. Schoeck said she did not necessarily mind having her matches moved indoors, which allowed her to use powerful ground and backhand strokes to overwhelm Clayton at times.

"Since we came in indoors, I could play more my game," she said. "My style is more attacking the ball and you can't really do that playing out in the wind. Coming indoors really helped me."

Schoeck added she was proud the team could keep the conference title streak alive.

"We've played really well so far, so it's good," she said.

Leslie Hird said an example of everyone contributing even came from her doubles team of seniors Cloie Jennings and Emma Williams. The duo fell in the quarterfinals to Fasano and Nicholas but pushed the second set to a 12th game before falling 7-5.

"I think it showed how hard they worked and kept fighting in that match," Hird said.

Clayton said she was pleased to improve after finishing last season in third place at the meet. But she added that Schoeck just dictated her style of play during the title match. Clayton had lost twice to Schoeck earlier in the season before meeting Saturday.

"Usually how I win, I try and be consistent. (Schoeck) doesn't wait, she just puts it away," Clayton said. "So I had to consistently change my game to keep up because she hits so hard. I tried to hit it to her backhand because it is less scary than her forehand but she did a great job."

Alleman sophomore Brooke McKeown took fourth in singles play after falling to Moline freshman Monika Burski. Burski wrapped up third place with a 6-2, 6-2 win over McKeown.

Moline has a shot to tie Quincy for second place if Schaechter and Myers can triumph on Monday. Rock Island and United Township tied for fourth place with six points each while Galesburg claimed two points.

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