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C.P.'s Kvachkoff ready to lead Bulldogs

2014-04-04T17:00:00Z 2014-04-04T21:31:49Z C.P.'s Kvachkoff ready to lead BulldogsMatt Douthett Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 04, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

Abby Kvachkoff may be the most well-rounded female high school athlete in Northwest Indiana.

As a volleyball and basketball player for Crown Point, the Bulldogs senior has received many accolades, but at the next level, tennis will be Kvachkoff's sport of choice, as she will play at Purdue Calumet next season.

Tennis was barely a blip on the radar for Kvachkoff during her freshman year at Crown Point. However, she grew to love the sport after working with coach Brian Elston.

"I definitely learned a lot from coach Elston, and he helped me improve as a player," said Kvachkoff, who is making a case to start at No. 1 singles this year. "I had nothing to lose (freshman year). I was kind of doing it for fun. I just got a little more confident when I had more skills to use instead of the normal stuff when I was a freshman."

Her skills in the sport have grown leaps and bounds. Kvachkoff went 17-1 last season, her only loss coming in a Duneland Athletic Conference dual meet against Chesterton. As a sophomore, Kvachkoff went 15-4, which is when she learned she could be successful in the sport.

"She's pretty good at changing her game plan," Elston said. "She can serve, she can volley, she can lob, she can hit with some pace. She does change a lot of things up. She plays a nice mental game. That's what makes her so successful."

Elston has seen Kvachkoff's confidence as a tennis player grow immensely during the last four years. Two wins against Munster and several other victories in big matches helped her grow in that aspect.

"I can't see how she's not going to be even better than last year," Elston said.

As a team, the Bulldogs have one of the most impressive sectional championship streaks of any sport in the state. Crown Point will go for its 20th straight title this season. Needless to say, continuing that streak is firmly set in Kvachkoff's mind. The Bulldogs last won a regional championship in 2005.

"That's definitely one of our main goals this season," she said. "Also, doing well through the tournament. We're definitely working towards that 20th sectional title, and we have some really good players to do it."

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