P-T Girls Tennis All-Area Team
June 21, 2012 11:26PM
Bobbi Modesto, Sr., Chesterton
By the numbers: 18-2 record
Skinny: Capped her stellar career with likely her best season yet. She defeated Highland’s Vanessa Madrigal in two tiebreakers, and Kankakee Valley’s Abbey Hamstra also in straight sets. The IUPUI recruit’s only losses came against Munster’s Jessica Rooth and against Penn in a team regional final — Alexandra Brinker went on to win the individual state title — both in three sets.
Abbey Hamstra, Sr., Kankakee Valley
By the numbers: 22-3
Skinny: Capped her outstanding career by breaking through to reach the state tournament for the first time — and winning her first-round match — after two individual regional final appearances and one semifinal in her first three seasons. Her only regular-season losses came to Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto, and Highland’s Vanessa Madrigal in three sets. Her run ended in the state quarterfinals, against the eventual runner-up.
Jessica Rooth, So., Munster
By the numbers: 19-4
Skinny: Made considerable strides in her second season atop the Mustangs lineup — both over last season and from the beginning to the end of this one — aided by improved health (ankle). She was the only area player to defeat Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto. Her only singles losses came to Highland’s Vanessa Madrigal, Kankakee Valley’s Abbey Hamstra, Carmel (placed fourth in the individual state tournament) in a team semistate and Jasper. She also went 2-1 at No. 1 doubles, losing only to Penn.
Vanessa Madrigal, Jr.
/Aby Madrigal, Jr., Highland
By the numbers: 15-0
Skinny: Won a state championship, the second in a row for the Trojans after Aby won last season with then-senior Liz Quinn. They didn’t lose a set — also repeating last season’s run in that regard — playing together at various times during the regular season, then teaming for good for the postseason, going 9-0. Vanessa went 17-0 at No. 1 doubles, and 7-1 at No. 1 singles, losing only to Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto. Aby went 19-0 at No. 1 doubles, and 6-0 in singles (4-0 at No. 2, 2-0 at No. 1).
Paige Heuer, Jr.
/Sam Sakevicius, Sr., Munster
By the numbers: 10-3
Skinny: Excelled after getting paired late in the season. The Mustangs duo’s only losses came against the Madrigal twins in sectionals, Carmel in a team semistate and South Bend St. Joseph’s. Heuer posted a 20-7 overall record, and Sakevicius 19-6.
Meg Modesto, Fr.,
By the numbers: 17-1
Skinny: Made an immediate impact in her first season with the Trojans. Her only loss came against Penn in a team regional final, at No. 2 singles. She also went 3-0 at No. 1 doubles with Margaret Shinn.
Margaret Shinn, Jr., Chesterton
By the numbers: 7-1
Skinny: Another pivotal player for the Trojans as they went undefeated in the DAC and won a sectional title. Her only singles loss came against Penn in a team regional final, at No. 3. She also went 12-1 at No. 1 doubles, including 9-1 with J.J. Lee, with their only loss coming against Highland.
Amber Haworth, Jr., Crown Point
By the numbers: 15-5
Skinny: Emerged as the No. 1 player for the Bulldogs, helping them win their 18th straight sectional title, after playing No. 2 last season. Her season included a three-sets win against Valparaiso’s Kelly Kennedy. Her only losses came against Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto, Highland’s Vanessa Madrigal, Kankakee Valley’s Abbey Hamstra and Munster’s Jessica Rooth twice (including in a team regional semifinal).
Kelly Kennedy, So.,
By the numbers: 12-6
Skinny: Continued to improve in her second season as the No. 1 player for the Vikings. Her only losses came against Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto twice (including in a team sectional final), Highland’s Vanessa Madrigal, Kankakee Valley’s Abbey Hamstra, Munster’s Jessica Rooth and Crown Point’s Amber Haworth in three sets.
Sonja Schaefer, Sr./Kate Spencer, Jr., Valparaiso
By the numbers: 12-5
Skinny: Key contributors as the Vikings were DAC and sectional runners-up. They advanced to an individual sectional, before losing to South Bend St. Joseph’s. They defeated Crown Point in a third-set tiebreaker among their wins.
Chloe White, Sr.
/Jessica Sharkey, Sr., Lowell
By the numbers: 15-3
Skinny: Reliable point for the Red Devils. Their only losses came against Highland’s Madrigal twins twice (including in an individual sectional) and Munster. Among their wins, they defeated Crown Point twice, in a third-set tiebreaker and in straight sets in a team sectional final.
Erica Tritsch, Jr.
/Mariana Rogers, Jr., Munster
By the numbers: 11-0
Skinny: Went undefeated after getting teamed late in the season, including notching the Mustangs’ only win against Carmel in a team semistate, rallying in three sets. Tritsch went 21-3 overall, and Rogers 19-4.