Girls tennis | Season Preview

Modesto sisters prepare for a single season of tennis excitement

2012-03-31T19:30:00Z 2012-04-01T04:15:29Z Modesto sisters prepare for a single season of tennis excitementBy Jim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

Merely a year short from having a chance to play high school tennis with older sister Maureen Modesto, Chesterton senior Bobbi is thrilled to have the opportunity to play a single season with freshman sister Meg.

"It's going to be a one-time thing," said Bobbi, who is also an IUPUI recruit. "I plan to make the best of it."

Bobbi and Meg hit with one another at least five times a week, and they've been practicing together for more than 10 years -- but this is the first -- and possibly last -- time they will be part of the same team.

"I always thought it would be great to have this opportunity," Meg said. "I'm kind of anxious to start the season."

Sister combinations are nothing new on the Chesterton tennis courts. The Modestos are one of three sibling duos on the roster. Senior Sunny Lee and her sophomore sister J.J. Lee are also on varsity.

Chesterton coach Gretchen Shinn also has some family experience in this regard. Two years ago, eldest daughter Elizabeth played a single season with current junior Margaret Shinn.

"I just think it's awesome that Bobbi and Meg get to play together. It's something the girls can share," Gretchen Shinn said. "I was at home with my kids, and I know they could bicker, but I don't see that with Bobbi and Meg."

The Modestos don't mirror one another on the court with their styles -- and that could be a plus.

"I like to stay in the points longer," Meg said. "Bobbi tries to gain control of the point early. I try not to give her the opportunity to hit great shots.

"I do think it's great to play someone who plays differently."

Any disagreements on the court don't appear to make it back the house.

"Whatever happens on the court, stays there," Meg said. "It's great, because people might think we would fight a lot. I really feel good being around her."

Shinn's daughters played No. 1 doubles their lone season together, amassing a 23-2 record. That won't be the case for the Modestos.

Bobbi will play No. 1 singles for the third consecutive season for the Times No. 2 Trojans. Last year, she advanced to the individual regional tournament and finished the season 16-3.

Shinn is impressed with Meg as a singles player, but team depth might allow the coach to keep her options open for the younger Modesto.

"Meg's going to have an impact right away," Shinn said. "Meg is an awesome singles player, but we might have some options on where we can get our three points."

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