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CHS Girls suffer tough loss in sectional opener

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With little control over the final moments of Wednesday’s sectional opener against Portage, Chesterton senior J.J. Lee sat expressionless as her high school tennis career slipped through her fingers.

Lee dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision to Portage’s Mandy Haupt at No. 1 singles and then watched helplessly as teammates Logan Hausmann and Megan Homme fell in an epic tiebreaking third set at No. 2 doubles, sending Portage to a 3-2 victory over the Trojans.Ê

Lee and Homme’s careers came to an end as Chesterton finished the season 6-7.

“Either you win to play another day or you don’t at this time of the year,” Chesterton coach Gretchen Shinn said. “This was tough.”

The Trojans held a 2-1 lead over Portage late in the afternoon with both the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches coming down to the wire. Lee worked to rally back and force a third set, but ultimately came up short in a match with Haupt that featured two seniors battling to prolong their careers.

“We had a lot of the same type of matches today,” Shinn said. “Portage played really well and their girls never let up.”

As Lee and the rest of her teammates watched, Haussman and Homme battled back from two different deficits in the third set to force a tiebreaker. The Trojans jumped out to a 2-1 lead before the teams traded points back and forth until the tiebreaker was at 5-5. Portage then scored the final two points of the match and will face the winner of Thursday’s Valparaiso/Wheeler contest in the sectional championship match on Friday.

Despite the loss in the final match, Shinn took a positive approach to the outcome, especially when it came to Homme.

“Megan is a senior who didn’t have a lot of varsity experience coming into this year,” Shinn said. “I’m really proud of the way she battled today and this season.”

Chesterton sophomore Kathryn Ausema knocked off Sammie Thompson 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 3 singles and the junior No. 1 doubles team of Ellen Kerr and Natalie Petro easily dispatched Lauren Wilk and Emily Vahary 6-4, 6-1.

“We only lose two seniors from this season’s team,” Shinn said. “We’ll have a lot of seniors and a lot of experience next year. We’ll continue to work hard.”

Portage 3, Chesterton 2

AT PORTAGE

SINGLES - 1. Mandy Haupt (P) def. J.J. Lee 7-6, 6-4; 2. Emily Sajda (P) def. Abby Burke 6-4, 6-4; 3. Kathryn Ausema (C) def. Sammie Thompson 6-0, 7-6 (8-6).

DOUBLES - 1. Ellen Kerr/Natalie Petro (C) def. Lauren Wilk/Emily Vahary 6-4, 6-1; 2. Haley Mergl/Patti Mota (P) def. Logan Haussman/Megan Homme 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Posted 5/22/2014