MUNSTER | Munster can etch another impressive number in the Indiana High School Athletic Association's history books for boys tennis.
The heavily-favored Mustangs weren't looking past Calumet. Munster has taken it one match at a time and one win at a time, and the Mustangs' 5-0 win over the Warriors gave them their 33rd consecutive sectional championship as they continue to add to their state record.
"It feels great," No. 1 doubles player Arlo Detmer said. "I love knowing that I'm part of Munster High School history."
Munster (15-4) had to hurry due to an approaching storm, but the Mustangs won every match 6-0, 6-0 against the upstart Warriors. After a 4-1 loss to Crown Point on Monday, the Mustangs rebounded with three straight 5-0 wins to start the postseason.
"Postseason is a new slate," said Munster's Patrick Toth, Detmer's doubles partner. "Regular season, you're sort of getting your strokes going and getting everything going mechanically. In the postseason, you have to execute everything at once, mentally and physically."
Clinching the 33rd straight sectional title was obviously the main goal for the Mustangs. Munster will go on to host the winner of the Crown Point Sectional in Tuesday's Regional. While Crown Point is heavily favored, that sectional was postponed Thursday due to inclement weather, so the Mustangs will have to wait a day to figure out who they're playing.
Munster coach Steve Lopez had his team play a very difficult schedule this season. The Mustangs lost 3-2 to Penn, 3-2 to South Bend St. Joseph, 4-1 to Fort Wayne Canterbury and 4-1 to Crown Point, which ended the regular season 18-0.
"We took sets all over the place there," Lopez said of his team's dual with Crown Point. "We just couldn't finish the dang match. We know we can play with anybody. The biggest step in growth for this team is finishing matches. Beat those teams, that'll be the true sign of growth."
All of Munster's dual losses were good tests, but Lopez said Crown Point was especially huge.
"We knew they had big guns coming in," Lopez said. "From a coaching standpoint, I know all those kids because we played them last year. There's where the advantage ends."