MUNSTER | In 1981, Munster's boys tennis team started a streak that would be etched in the Indiana High School Athletic Association's record books.
That streak of consecutive sectional championships spans more than three decades. It stands at 32, and the Mustangs will be gunning for their 33rd straight title in today's match with Calumet, which beat Gavit 5-0 in one Wednesday semifinal.
Though the Mustangs had to play twice to qualify for the championship, it didn't make any difference. Munster defeated Griffith 5-0 in its first match, before ending the night with a 5-0 win over Highland.
Munster coach Steve Lopez has seen tremendous growth and maturity out of his team this season.
"They're still growing," he said. "They've all had an opportunity to grow in their respective positions. I think one of the best things we've done is the strength of our schedule, to give them an opportunity not just to grow, but to see how they stack up against some top-ranked competition. That's really helped us."
Mike Rivich served as Alex Wisniewski's No. 2 doubles partner in their match against Highland. The duo defeated Andres Campos and William Turoci 6-1, 6-0. It was Rivich's first time playing in a varsity match with Wisniewski.
"We've played (well) together in the past," Rivich said. "We play confident together. We've always been able to point out our strong suits in each other's play and exploit them against the opposing team."
Colin Richter started his night strong and ended it even stronger. He defeated Griffith's Brett Tauber 6-3, 6-0 in his first match, then won 6-0, 6-0 against Highland's Jeff Michner. Richter played with more aggressiveness in both matches, and it paid off.
"Being aggressive is definitely something I've always worked on, because I'm more of a defensive player by nature," Richter said. "In these less difficult matches, it's usually something coaches tell me to work on."
Now, the Mustangs are focused on one thing — continuing to rewrite boys tennis history.
"Just to be continuing a legacy since my parents were in high school is really something to be proud of," Richter said.