Girls Tennis: Chesterton’s Bobbi Modesto preps for final run at state
Updated: April 7, 2012 9:16PM
WEST LAFAYETTE — Chesterton senior Bobbi Modesto approaches every match as taking a step toward a larger goal.
Modesto dropped just two games while picking up two easy wins at No. 1 singles on Saturday over Lafayette Jeff and West Lafayette.
No. 19 Chesterton won both matches, 5-0, and now a matchup with No. 11 Highland awaits on Tuesday.
“We have a tough match with them so that’s my biggest focus right now because they’re a strong team,” Modesto said. “This season I really would like to make it down to state, especially as a team, because it’s my last year. Every match is a stepping stone toward that.”
Modesto lost in the LaPorte Regional last year in three sets to Penn’s Alexandra Brinker, who won the consolation match to finish third at the state finals.
The IUPUI recruit had little trouble on Saturday, beating West Lafayette’s Sarah Burns, 6-0, 6-0; and Lafayette Jeff’s Payton Drake, 6-1, 6-1.
Modesto is locked in at No. 1 singles, but Chesterton coach Gretchen Shinn said the other four varsity positions are not yet solidified.
“We’re trying to keep our options open, so we’re playing people at different positions so we can see in the postseason what lineup we want,” Shinn said.
Margaret Shinn and J.J. Lee won at No. 1 doubles against West Lafayette, 6-2, 7-5; and then Lee won a No. 2 singles match against Lafayette Jeff, 6-2, 6-0. Shinn teamed with Meg Modesto at No. 1 doubles against Jeff for a 6-0, 6-1 win.
Chesterton dropped just two sets in its two matches. Amanda Suswack rallied to win her No. 3 singles match against West Lafayette, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Suswack and Rachel McCrum won a No. 2 doubles match against West Lafayette, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
“I think they cut down on the unforced errors and I think they got more relaxed,” Gretchen Shinn said of Suswack and McCrum. “(West Lafayette) was aggressive and putting away a lot of high balls. We kept the balls lower and cut down on unforced errors.”