Boys tennis: Munster cruises to 33rd straight title
BY JOSH LICHTENFELD Post-Tribune correspondent October 3, 2013 8:32PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:36AM
MUNSTER — There’s no secrets about Munster and its dominance come sectional time. After all, heading into Thursday’s championship of their sectional, the Mustangs held the state record with 32 consecutive titles.
But since the humbling 4-1 loss at the hands of Crown Point to end the regular season, there has been a theme stressed before each practice and match this postseason. The Mustangs quickly blanked Calumet 5-0, to extend the streak to 33 titles, and all the while focused on playing in “one more match.”
“You’ve got to win your sectional, to play one more match in the regional,” Mustangs coach Steve Lopez said directly about drawing the winner of the CP Sectional in the first round of the Munster Regional on Tuesday.
This has been a retooling year for the Mustangs.
“The record we’re not accustomed to is having this many dual losses going into the postseason,” Lopez said of Munster’s 15-4 record.
This time out, there was no halting the Mustangs. Each point was the result of a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Starting with Andrew Dorn’s No. 3 singles victory over Tristan Cummings and finishing less than an hour later with the No. 2 doubles paring of Alex Wisniewski and Marty O’Shaughnessy’s win, the transitioning Warriors couldn’t get any leverage.
Munster’s No. 1 doubles team of Patrick Toth and Arlo Detmer scored match point.
“Obviously, Monday (against CP), was very emotionally devastating, but we’re a team and we have to pick it up,” said Toth, who used strong put-away shots with Detmer to pull away.
Though things were lopsided, Lopez took notice of the positive change in the Calumet program with the addition of first-year coach Ryan Vondrak. Calumuet improved from a 1-16 mark in 2012 to finish 6-12.
“I believe their coach did a great job in instilling in them to go out there and give it your all,” Lopez said.