Girls tennis

Chesterton tennis' Margaret Shinn continues to showcase her leadership skills

2013-03-27T18:00:00Z 2014-04-04T18:26:04Z Chesterton tennis' Margaret Shinn continues to showcase her leadership skillsJim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

Diplomatic roles have been a large part of Margaret Shinn's high school life.

She's been a captain for Chesterton's girls tennis team the last two seasons. Off the court, she's been a part of student council since she was a freshman. She's also the senior student class president.

"Being in that role, you have to learn how to accommodate everyone," said Shinn, who helped the Trojans reach the regional finals last season. "You want to make everyone happy."

Instead of taking over at No. 1 singles for former co-captain and IUPUI freshman Bobbi Modesto, Shinn will possibly play at No. 2 singles or take another turn at No. 1 doubles.

"I have the deepest respect for Meg (to play at No. 1 singles)," Shinn said of her sophomore teammate and Bobbi's younger sister. "The best girls will play at their spots.

"I have to swallow a little pride. It's a matter of thinking about the team first."

Shinn has shown the capability to sparkle wherever she is in the lineup. As a freshman, she teamed with older sister Elizabeth to finish 23-2 at No. 1 doubles. A year later, she was 16-1 at No. 1 singles, with all of her wins coming in straight sets. As a junior, she was 12-1 at No. 1 doubles in the regular season and 3-1 in the postseason at No. 3 singles.

"She's a go-to player for us," said Chesterton coach Gretchen Shinn, Margaret's mother. "She's shown a lot of maturity, being able to swing back from singles to doubles. She understands that's the best thing for the team."

Margaret's versatile game allows her to make changes without flinching.

"She's very comfortable and confident playing either position," assistant coach Tom Bour said. "Those players who can move well, serve well and volley well are so valuable to a coach at any level."

While Shinn's position consistently changes, one part of her training has remained intact. Besides receiving tutelage from her mother for several years, Margaret Shinn started taking tennis lessons from Bour more than 10 years ago.

"They both know what is best for me," Margaret said. "Some times, mom doesn't want to talk to me because she feels I'll be upset, so Tom is there to work with me."

This will be Shinn's last season of competitive tennis, since she plans to major in pharmacy at Purdue next fall. No matter where she plays, the intensity level will not change.

"It's going to be bittersweet," she said. "I never thought it would be my last year, but I'm not going to do anything different. I'll have no regrets. I'm going to leave it all on the court."

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