St. Charles North's Plaszewski puts in hard work before highlights
By Staff reports
St. Charles Republican
Brittany Plaszewski plays Kirby Einck in the fourth round of the St. Charles East girls tennis sectional. Photo by Bill Ackerman |

Brittany Plaszewski makes it look easy. The reality is exactly the opposite.

The St. Charles North junior didn’t drop a set on her way to the title at Saturday’s St. Charles East sectional tennis tournament. In fact, she dropped just one game in her first two matches and defeated her final two opponents (Geneva freshman phenom Kirby Einck and Bartlett standout sophomore Jen Gates) by a combined 24-8 score (6-2 scores in all four sets).

It may seem effortless for Plaszewski to dominate her competition with a combination of quickness, strategy and sublime shot-making, but that’s only because she puts in so much hard work between matches.

When the North Stars aren’t in season, she trains five days a week for three hours a day on tennis, and three days a week she spends two hours working out in the gym. And it’s not as if she walks out the front door and immediately starts training. For years, her training sessions took her to towns like Northbrook, Oak Brook and Hinsdale. Hardly around the corner from St. Charles, those towns can be an hour or more from the Tri-Cities area. In the “offseason,” she competes in several United States Tennis Association tournaments. From January to September, she competed in USTA events in Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Also a state qualifier when she was a freshman, Plaszewski has trained vigorously since she was 8 years old and is living proof that hard work and dedication can have big payoffs.

She won’t be going it alone at the state meet. Teammates Ashley Randazzo and Kate Lesswing won their first two matches at the sectional tournament to earn a spot in the doubles bracket semifinals and clinch a top-4 sectional showing and state berth.

With Plaszewski’s run to the singles title and Randazzo and Lesswing teaming up to claim fourth in doubles, the North Stars finished second as a team at the sectional with 20 points. Bartlett won the event with 30 points.

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