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Photo: Chesterton Tennis wins twice Saturday to take Sectional title

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Sectional Champs: The Chesterton girls tennis team captured the IHSAA Portage Sectional Championship on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 victory over Wheeler. The Trojans will face Merrillville on Tuesday at Portage in the Regional semfinals. Pictured are, front row (l to r), Lauren Ingram and Cristi Williams. Back row (l to r) are Coach Bob Blossey, Jannon Jeffries, Sarah Kintzel, Elizabeth Shinn, Amanda Gore, Christine Lambert, Elaine Schnabel, Erin DeVaney, Bharathi Muthusamy and Coach Gretchen Shinn. (Tribune photo by TR Harlan)

 

By TR HARLAN

They don’t just hand out Sectional titles to anyone, so if you’re going to get one, you have to earn it.

The Chesterton girls tennis team picked up two wins on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Valparaiso in the semifinals and a 5-0 win over Wheeler in the championship match of the Portage Sectional.

“We had a job to do today, twice, and we did it,” Chesterton coach Gretchen Shinn said. “We wanted to stay focused and hit solid, good ground strokes. We needed to be aggressive at the net, but above all, be consistent.”

In the finals, the Trojans had little trouble with Wheeler. Chesterton didn’t drop a set in advancing to the Portage Regional on Tuesday against Merrillville.

“We knew if we played solid we had a good chance to win this thing,” Shinn said. “We knew anything could happen.”

Wheeler was unable to win more than two games in any set against the Trojans. In singles, all three Chesterton players (Elizabeth Shinn, Elaine Schnabel and Erin DeVaney) all won by 6-2, 6-0 scores.

“We all really wanted this win and I think that helped,” Schnabel, the team’s lone senior, said. “We won a lot of matches in a row at the end of the year and kind of hit our streak. We’re all playing well right now.”

In doubles, the duos of Amanda Gore-Christine Lambert and Cristi Williams-Bharathi Muthusamy won by matching 6-0, 6-1 scores.

“I’m really excited about our doubles teams,” Shinn said. “With our number one team, we told them that we believe in them. The girls believe in them, the coaches believe in them and it was time they believed in themselves and do it.”

The morning semifinal was a rematch of last year’s final in which Valparaiso beat the Trojans.

“Last year we didn’t get (a Sectional title) and lost to Valpo when we probably should have won, but this year is kind of vindicating,” Schnabel said.

Chesterton got a landslide victory from Schnabel at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0 over Mia Kalisch to take a 1-0 lead, but that didn’t last long as Valpo’s Lauren Prow and Christina Rodich won at No. 1 singles.

“You have to beat good teams twice,” Shinn said. “It was nice to do that this year. I think they felt a little relieved after Valpo this morning. I think they were just happy to be in the finals.”

Williams and Muthusamy beat Briana Sever and Katie Shrader 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles and DeVaney slammed the door with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Jordan Lewandowski.

“I think we were really hungry for a win this morning,” Shinn said. “You can’t take anything for granted.”

Elizabeth Shinn fought through a slight cold to finish the scoring with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Emily Moore at No. 1 singles.

“Our freshman really know what they are doing,” Schnabel said. “They’re better than me. I don’t give them any advice.”

Championship

Chesterton 5, Wheeler 0

SINGLES – 1. Elizabeth Shinn (C) def. Katie Dials 6-2, 6-0; 2. Elaine Schnabel (C) def. Sara Frey 6-2, 6-0; 3. Erin DeVaney (C) def. Jessica Marek 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES – 1. Amanda Gore/Christine Lambert (C) def. Deanne Priomos/Sara Stambaugh 6-0, 6-1; 2. Cristi Williams/Bharathi Muthusamy (C) def. Kendra Guerrero/Melissa Deven 6-1, 6-0.

Semifinals

Chesterton 4, Valparaiso 1

SINGLES – 1. Elizabeth Shinn (C) def. Emily Moore 6-0, 7-6 (7-2); 2. Elaine Schnabel (C) def. Mia Kalisch 6-0, 6-0; 3. Erin DeVaney (C) def. Jordan Lewandowski 6-2, 6-4.

DOUBLES – 1. Lauren Prow/Christina Rodich (V) def. Amanda Gore/Christine Lambert 6-0, 6-0; 2. Cristi Williams/Bharathi Muthusamy (C) def. Briana Sever/Katie Shrader 6-3, 6-1.

 

 

Posted 5/21/2007