Boys Tennis

Crown Point's Peretin ready to lead Bulldogs into regional

2013-10-07T17:19:00Z 2013-12-12T22:30:03Z Crown Point's Peretin ready to lead Bulldogs into regionalMatt Douthett matthew.douthett@nwi.com, (219) 933-4194 nwitimes.com

Dominic Peretin is aware of the history and success that surrounds Crown Point's boys tennis program.

The Bulldogs senior is aware of the 27 sectional championships the program owns, including seven straight titles with the Bulldogs' 5-0 win over Lake Central on Friday.

Peretin is also familiar with the fact that Crown Point hasn't won a regional championship since 1971; also the same year the Bulldogs won state. Coach Chris Korzeniewski makes that history known to all his players.

"He tells us that no team has ever done this except the team back in 71-72," Peretin said. "We have known about the history. Every year going into regionals, we usually have a Saturday practice. (Korzeniewski) takes us into the school to look at the past achievements for the high school tennis team. We knew about this."

The Bulldogs have already made some history this season. They won the Duneland Athletic Conference for the first time in school history, and are also undefeated this season at 20-0. Peretin, the team captain, has been a big part of that success.

"Dominic is an integral part, because we're always looking for our captains to be leaders on our team," Korzeniewski said. "It's a prestigious role. Dominic was able to fill that role. We had great expectations. He's just a great kid that shows leadership qualities through and through. The guys really respect him."

Peretin and his No. 1 doubles partner, Carson Hoogeworf have been playing together the past two seasons. The duo is 19-1 this season, with their only loss against Penn.

"We have a lot of good team chemistry together," Peretin said. "Usually, when we make mistakes, we tell the other guy what they did wrong. We know when the other person is struggling, and we know when to pick it up to help the other person get back up to their regular standard of play.

The Bulldogs will head into the Munster Regional facing the host Mustangs in one semifinal at 4 p.m. today, with the winner facing either Merrillville or Morton for the championship at 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Mustangs are the only local team that didn't lose 5-0 to the Bulldogs this season, as C.P. defeated them 4-1 on Sept. 30.

"I think they were a big challenge for us," Peretin said. "We were ready to go for regionals right after we finished that Munster match that Monday. We're really jacked for that match."

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