Saturday's LaPorte individual girls tennis regional became the season finishing point for some local players.
Andrean’s Grace Cooper had her dream season come to an end in the first round of the singles regional, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Fairfield’s Emily Mast.
“I was very excited to make it this far and represent my school at regional,” Cooper said. “It was a great experience to come here and play against some of the very best tennis players in the state.”
Cooper finished the season 16-5. She led her team to 10 wins and a sectional championship just two years after the 59ers experienced a winless season.
“The sectional championship is a great source of pride for myself and for the team,” she said. “We all came a long way during our three years here. Now there is a strong group of underclassmen who can keep it going.”
Lake Central’s No. 1 doubles team of Vanessa Olson and Marlo Owczarzak defeated Brett Coverstone and Rachel Schermerhorn of West Noble 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals, but they lost 6-2, 6-2 in the finals to Emily Lyon and Maddie Minaudo of South Bend St. Joseph's.
“Vanessa and Marlo did not play together until the second half,” L.C. coach Bryan Szalonek said of the duo. “Once they hooked up they went 11-4 and were only one match away from Indianapolis. I am really proud of how they played.”
Chesterton’s Meg Modesto made it to the No. 1 singles finals before falling to 6-0, 6-2 to Mast. Modesto defeated Celine Rongos of Columbia City 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.
“I played really well in the first round,” Modesto said about her semifinal match. “I was hitting my shots and really into the flow of the game.”
Modesto (19-2) fell behind early in the final, playing from behind for the first time all season.
“I was more nervous in the final round,” she said. “I had played against her (Mast) before, and I knew it was going to be a very tough match. I wasn’t as aggressive with my net play, and it hurt me. I needed to play my short game better.”