Girls tennis: Valparaiso cruises to 21st sectional title
By Brian Gertsch Post-Tribune correspondent May 18, 2013 4:32PM
Valparaiso's Madison Kammerer returns a serve in doubles play during sectionals at Portage High School on Saturday May 18, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:41PM
PORTAGE — Valparaiso continued its dominance of the 2013 season with a sectional final drubbing of Portage 5-0.
The Vikings (17-1) completed the sweep without losing a single set the entire day in winning their 21st sectional title and second straight.
The Kennedy twins Caitlin and Kelly won their singles matches 6-2, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively. Kelly was in complete control of her tilt with Kaley Liang, beginning with her first serve of the day and taking a 40-love lead in the first set.
“They are two strong competitors who play with different styles, so it’s nice to have their strength at the top,” said Vikings head coach Tim Shideler of the sisters. “They played there last year so they know what to expect.”
The most compelling contest of the morning was in No. 1 doubles where Valparaiso’s Madisen Kammerer and Brooke Sever defeated Lauren Zack and Bailey Lauritzen 6-2, 6-1.
“We are undefeated together so far this year, so we feel that we have pretty good chemistry on the court,” Sever said.
The Vikings’ No. 2 doubles also played very well in taking their match 6-1, 6-3. Katelyn Spencer looked confident in her serve, delivering the ball very accurately at a nice velocity that the Indians (7-7) were unable to return with any consistency.
The closest Portage came to winning a set came in the final match of the day. Emily Sajda lost the first set to Rachel Willing 6-0, but was able to keep pace very well for the majority of the second set. Willing locked it down by forcing a long volley by Sajada that went out of play resulting in a 6-4 set win and sealing the championship for the Vikings.
“Every time you win a sectional it’s something special,” Shideler said. “We have a great group of nine or 10 girls that can play at any time and they give it all their effort.”
Valparaiso advances to the regional where its will meet South Bend St. Joseph (13-5).