Sanderson sisters set to meet for P-T Tennis Classic open championship
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent July 27, 2013 11:24PM
Valparaiso University basketball players Will Bogan, left, and Bobby Capobianco play in the doubles competition in the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic at Valparaiso University on Saturday, July 27, 2013. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:49AM
VALPARAISO — As co-director of the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic, Reggie Sanderson’s job will be to make sure every match that takes place runs smoothly. But forgive him if he pays a little more attention to one specific match in particular Sunday.
“There’s a sense of relief that my two daughters made the finals but it’s going to be tough to watch and tough for whoever loses,” he said. “There will be some emotion out there.”
Reggie’s daughters will play one another in the women’s open singles final at Valparaiso University.
It will be the first time Katee, 21, will take on her younger sister Molly, 15, in tournament competition.
“She doesn’t have the pressure on her because she’s the younger sister, so she can play pressure-free,” said Katee after her 6-1, 6-0 win over Rachel Crookston. “No one wants to lose to their little sister or brother.”
Which means even before the first serve, there is disagreement between the two sisters.
“She’s the older person so she has the advantage,” said Molly, a 7-5. 7-5 winner over Claire Kost (Orland Park, Ill.) to punch her ticket to the finals.
“I have to have a good attitude and win as many games as I can. Everybody is saying ‘hey, you have to get at least a set off of her,’ but I’m focusing on, like five games, maybe four, three, one,” Molly said with a laugh. “Something. I just don’t want to get crushed by her.”
If indeed the younger sister comes out victorious, one of the reasons may be that the older sister was just too good a teacher. It’s a practice both sisters have to get used to when Molly begins her freshman year at Kankakee Valley next month. Guess who will be there to coach her?
“One thing I learned from her is like when I play my brother and I say, ‘I don’t want to play him, he’s a jerk, he’s always cheating,’ she says you’re not playing the person on the other side of the net, you’re playing the ball,” Molly said. “And now I have to use that against her, which is weird. It’s like playing against yourself.”
So, who wins Sunday? Katee says her sister gets the edge as far as being more competitive, but expect no mercy from the older sister if she gets an early lead.
“I’m not going to go lightly on her,” Katee said with a grin. “She my younger sister so I’m going to show her who’s boss.”
And Katee and Molly’s brother Luke’s take?
“I think Katee gets the advantage because of the experience, but Molly will give her a run for her money,” he said before giving another prediction.
“It should be a little weird at the dinner table afterwards.”