Girls tennis: Penn tops Valparaiso to advance to semistate
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent May 22, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:26PM
LAPORTE — A couple of downpours early didn’t damper Penn in any way as the Kingsmen were strong in capturing a 5-0 victory for the regional crown over Valparaiso, advancing to the semistate round in LaPorte next week.
Though Valparaiso suffered the defeat, the Vikings won the praise of their coach for their overall performance.
“They (Penn) were exactly what we expected and we fought hard and battled to the end and sometimes it’s the fight that means more than the win, I am very proud of the effort all the girls gave tonight,” Valparaiso coach Tim Shideler said. “We competed early in a couple of matches and made some comebacks in the doubles matches, which is a tribute to the fight the girls showed tonight.”
In No. 1 singles, Valparaiso’s Caitlin Kennedy battled Penn’s Haylei Snelson to a 7-5 tiebreaker in the first set, but suffered a 6-0 loss in the second.
Valparaiso’s doubles teams of Brooke Sever-Madison Kammerer and Katelyn Spencer-Rachel Crookston battled great matches in 3-6, 4-6 and 4-6, 4-6 losses, respectively.
“It has been a fantastic season with solid play from all 10 girls,” Shideler said of his 19-2 team. “I couldn’t have asked for more. They were great.”
In other action, LaPorte also hosted the sectional individual final in singles and doubles play.
LaPorte’s doubles team of Kayla Webster and Madison Shreves defeated Wheeler’s Lauren Johnson and Milena Raketic 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the individual regional round.
In the individual singles, Chesterton’s Meg Modesto defeated South Bend Washinton’s Kylie Karczewski 6-0, 6-3 to also advance to the regional round.
“It feels great to advance, I feel I am playing very well and am excited to have the opportunity to continue to play – I’m looking forward to moving ahead in the tournament,” said Modesto.