Margaret Shinn understands her lineup status this season is a guessing game, but the Chesterton junior tennis player is enjoying this mystery tour.
"That's the fun of it," said Shinn, who has played both singles and doubles in her prep career with the Trojans. "I enjoy playing both, so it's not much of a challenge."
Teamed with older sister Elizabeth Shinn at No. 1 doubles two seasons ago, the duo finished 23-2. Last year, Margaret was 16-1 at No. 2 singles, winning all of her matches in straight sets.
She's 5-1 at No. 1 doubles this season for the Times No. 3 Trojans (5-1), splitting time with sophomore J.J. Lee and freshman Meg Modesto.
Mother and coach Gretchen Shinn is trying to find a lineup which will net three points each match. She believes her daughter can adapt to the situation.
"Believe me, she's going to play some singles," Gretchen Shinn. "She's the most versatile player we have. In doubles, you need a good partner. Someone who, no matter what , is positive and is there to be a team player."
Margaret said she learned these things while playing with Elizabeth, who is now at Purdue.
"She set the groundwork for me," Margaret said. "Now, I'm the upperclassmen. It's a little different being the anchor, but now I feel like I'm the 'older sister.'"
Shinn enjoys playing with both Lee and Modesto, but she realizes the matches will be different. First of all, Shinn plays on the ad side with Lee and on the deuce side with Meg.
"Meg is a powerhouse at the net, while J.J. loves to control things from the baseline," Margaret said. "I had a chance to play a lot with both of them in the preseason, so I knew what was coming."
But Margaret Shinn doesn't normally find out her spot in the lineup until a day before the match -- and she doesn't want special treatment.
"Since she's my mom, she doesn't want me to have an advantage over anyone else on the team," Margaret said. "This definitely does help keep me grounded. I'm open to change, and that helps make me more well-rounded with my game."