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Trojans fall to Valparaiso in tennis sectional opener

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Victories over Valparaiso in the sectional title match last season and in a regular-season meeting earlier this year gave the Chesterton girls tennis team all the confidence they needed heading into Wednesday’s sectional opener with the Vikings.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they just didn’t have the depth.

Chesterton got a win from sophomore Meg Modesto at No. 1 singles, but that was all the Trojans could muster in a 4-1 loss to Valparaiso in the opening round of the Portage sectional on Wednesday.

The Vikings will play the winner of Thursday’s semifinal contest between Portage and Boone Grove in Saturday’s championship match.

“Today came down to depth and Valparaiso just had more than us,” Chesterton assistant coach Tom Bour said.

The Vikings jumped out quickly and captured both doubles points as senior Rachel McCrum fell in her final career match alongside partner Ellen Kerr 6-1, 6-1 to Valparaiso’s No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Sever and Madisen Kammerer.

“The biggest thing we talked about was getting off to a quick start and to keep them from gaining confidence,” Bour said. “The opposite happened. They got us on every court except Meg’s to start the match.”

Valparaiso captured the match when No. 2 singles Kelly Kennedy dispatched Chesterton senior Margaret Shinn 6-2, 6-3. As the Vikings cheered, Shinn shared a tender moment with coach (and mother) Gretchen Shinn.

“We rode Margaret when she played doubles for us as an underclassmen, then we rode her as a singles player,” Bour said. “We’ve been riding Margaret for the last four years. She’s such an important player for us.”

Even with the match decided, Chesterton continued to fight strong as Modesto closed out her match and junior J.J. Lee battled tough against Rachel Willing, ultimately falling 7-5, 6-3.

The sectional title typically goes through either Valparaiso or Chesterton each year and Bour had little issue with being matched up against the Vikings in the first round.

“It’s the blind draw and it’s something that we deal with,” Bour said. “This was a great match and give a lot of credit to Valparaiso for having the depth. They had us today.”

Valparaiso 4, Chesterton 1

AT PORTAGE

SINGLES - Meg Modesto (C) d. Caitlin Kennedy 6-0, 7-6 (7-3); Kelly Kennedy (V) d. Margaret Shinn 6-2, 6-3; Rachel Willing (V) d. Jessica Lee 7-5, 6-3.

DOUBLES -- Brooke Sever/Madisen Kammerer (V) d. Rachel McCrum/Ellen Kerr 6-1, 6-1; Katelyn Spencer/Rachel Crookston (V) d. Natalie Petro/Abby Burke 6-4, 6-3.

Records: Valparaiso 16-1; Chesterton 12-3.

 

Posted 5/16/2013