Girls tennis: Crown Point wins 19th consecutive sectional title
By JOsh Lichtenfeld Post-Tribune correspondent May 16, 2013 11:12PM
Crown Point's Amber Haworth returns to Lake Central's Kate Toth in the first set of their semifinal match Thursday afternoon at the Crown Point girls tennis sectional. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:29AM
CROWN POINT — With a sectional winning streak coming up on two decades, it could be the Crown Point girls tennis team focuses on keeping with tradition.
However, that’s not at all the way that No. 2 singles player Abby Kvachkoff described the mentality after stepping off the court with her first of two wins, which helped fuel the Bulldogs’ 19th consecutive crown during the CP hosted tournament on Wednesday.
“We try not to stay complacent and not focus on what we did (winning the other titles) and play hard,” she said.
A hard effort, or hard to stop, is the easy way to describe CP’s jet-like attack in both matches. In the semifinal, against DAC foe Lake Central, the lengthy Kvachkoff won the first point (with a 6-0, 6-0 set) within the first hour of action and was followed within minutes by victories from No. 3 Jordan Embry (6-1, 6-0) and No. 1 Amber Haworth (6-0, 6-0) in a distanced 3-2 victory. And in the final, Kvachkoff put the icing on the cake with a 6-0, 6-1 win as the entire team finished around an hour in the 5-0 rout over Kankakee Valley. The Kougars advanced after their competitive 3-2 decision over NCC rival Lowell.
“I’m usually a late starter,” said Haworth, who kept her momentum going, later picking up the first point against KV (going 6-1, 6-1). “To know this pressure is not getting to me — amazing feeling.”
The most intense moments came by way of the consolation advancements. The Red Devils and Indians are each sending their No. 1 doubles teams on to the individual Highland Sectional next week and Lowell’s No. 1 player Kristina Stefoski is also moving on after her grueling 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-0 come back against KV’s Paige Sanders.
“I tried to stay focused, stay calm, and know that I could do this,” Stefoski said of her three-hour test.
CP coach Brian Elston attributes the continued success to work ethic.
“I think it is a credit to the people in the community. It’s got to be the coaches, parents, and the kids committing to getting better in the offseason.”
The Bulldogs will face Munster in the High Regional next week.