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Meg Modesto wins third P-T Tennis Classic title

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Updated: August 25, 2013 6:40AM



VALPARAISO — Despite being a two-time winner at the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic, Chesterton’s Meg Modesto was looking to be more aggressive in preparation for this year’s 18-and-under division and, especially, in Tuesday’s championship match.

Modesto succeeded, defeating Crown Point’s Abby Kvachkoff 6-1, 6-1 at Valparaiso University for her third championship.

“I used to kind of just get the ball over net,” Modesto admitted. “Now I’m actually getting the point by knowing where to place my shot. My volley has improved a lot — I come to the net a lot more.”

Coming to the net proved to be beneficial against Kvachkoff, who was the only player in the tournament to win games against Modesto.

“I definitely have more confidence in terms of being aggressive,” Modesto said. “Today’s match was against a good player — and she won two games. I’m constantly working on my game, and the coaching I’ve received from my father (Bob) has been invaluable to my growth as a player.”

Modesto’s emergence as a competitive player has been a long journey. She started playing tennis at the age of 5, and she reached semistate this past year as a junior for Chesterton. She has serious goals of reaching state and said she would love to play tennis at VU.

“Winning state would be awesome,” she said. “I have two colleges I would love to go to — and Valparaiso is one of them. My dad went to Purdue, so I can’t help but consider that college, too.”

Kvachkoff said she was pleased with her performance in one of her first summer tournaments.

“It was a really good tournament for me,” Kvachoff said. “I was happy to have reached the finals; it was exciting. I’m still learning new ways to hit, and playing against a great player like Abby was a great challenge.”

Another noteworthy championship performance came from Wheatfield’s Molly Sanderson. The incoming freshman at Kankakee Valley and last year’s 14-year-old division champion, chose to compete in the 16-and-under division and defeated Caroline Boger of LaPorte 6-2, 6-1.

“My first two matches weren’t very close, but I knew my match against Caroline would be tough because she’s a great player. Winning in an older division is very exciting and fulfilling.”

Wednesday’s singles championship and consolation finals will begin at 9 a.m., and doubles competition will start at 1 p.m.



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