So far, Paige Heuer’s senior season has been a whirlwind of good news.
First, she took over the top spot of No. 1 singles for the Mustangs through a series of challenge matches and tryouts in March.
She then took on the top player from several of the upper teams in the state at the Carmel Invite last week.
Her wins over North Central and Jasper led the Mustangs to a third-place finish in a tough tournament that contained six of the Top 10 teams in the state.
“As a team, we finished higher than we ever had in the Carmel Invite,” Coach Bill Heuer said. “To finish third against that level of competition is a great showing.”
Munster currently is ranked No. 8 in the state, and expects to move up after its showing in the tournament.
The second piece of good news is Paige Heuer signed her letter of intent to attend Valparaiso University in the fall. It is a combination athletic and academic scholarship that will put her on the varsity tennis team as a freshman.
“I am really excited to be able to represent Northwest Indiana and Munster at the Division I level,” Paige Heuer said. “The Horizon League is a great conference with tough competition. I’m pumped to be able to play for the Crusaders, and to play locally.”
Coach Bill Heuer has been especially pleased with the way Paige has handled the changes.
“Paige has shown a lot of maturity regarding both her move to No. 1 singles and getting ready for college,” he said.
The Mustangs currently are 3-1. Paige Heuer’s record is 3-3, with two tough losses to Carmel (No. 2 in state) and Penn (No. 4).
“Paige played very tough against two of the top players in the state,” Coach Heuer said. “Even though she lost, I think she got a lot out of it that will help her if she faces them again.”
Paige Heuer agreed.
“I played mostly No. 1 doubles the last two seasons,” she said. “So the beginning of this year has been a real baptism by fire for me. I’m getting better every match, and my confidence is growing.”
Postseason is the real season for the Munster program. It has increased the toughness of its schedule the past few years to help prepare for the rigors of downstate competition.
The result has been 27 regional championships, the most by any high school. The Mustangs have also won eight semi-state championships.
“I think we are a deeper team this year,” Paige Heuer said. “I think we have a good shot at making it to Final Four this season.”
Her personal accolades have been impressive.
Paige has been selected to the all-conference team three times, all-district twice, and all-state 2nd team twice.