girls tennis team battled, but couldn’t get over the hump and dropped a 4-1
decision to Valparaiso in the championship match of the IHSAA Portage
Sectional on Thursday.
“I couldn’t be
prouder of how this team continued to impress me as the season went on,”
Chesterton coach Tom Bour said. “After only winning three matches in each of
the last two seasons, to turn it around and win nine matches and have a
chance to win the Sectional is just a tribute to the girls efforts.”
The Trojans lone
victory came at No. 2 singles where Olivia Vesling outlasted A.K. Flude 6-4,
Chesterton came up
just short in gaining the two team points they needed in doubles as Ema
Gilliana and Keeley Evans beat the Trojan duo of Kara Maggio and Eliza
Tumbas at No. 1 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 2, Valpo’s
Grace Healy and Aleah Ferngren beat Rachel Fredenburg and Megan Hill 6-3,
“We graduate nine
girls, but our program is going to be just fine going forward with our
talented youth and great leadership from the experienced players we’ll have
returning,” Bour said.
Singles -- 1.
Alexis Orlich (V) def. Hannah Nabhan 6-3, 6-2; 2. Olivia Vesling © def. A.K.
Flude 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; 3. Julie Wappel (V) def. Peyton Martinson 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles -- 1. Ema
Gilliana/Keeley Evans (V) def. Kara Maggio/Eliza Tumbas 6-4, 6-4; 2. Grace
Healy/Aleah Ferngren (V) def. Rachel Fredenburg/Megan Hill 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.