BOYS TENNIS

Munster, Lake Central to meet in finals

2010-09-29T22:00:00Z 2010-10-01T20:45:02Z Munster, Lake Central to meet in finalsBY DWIGHT HAISLET Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 29, 2010 10:00 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The Munster boys tennis team will be shooting to make it 30-for-30 Thursday afternoon after defeating Morton in the semifinals of its own sectional on Wednesday.

The Mustangs will look to extend the state's second-longest running streak, which stands at 29 for now, against worthy foe Lake Central, which defeated Gavit in Wednesday's other semis to advance to today's final.

Munster was led by No. 1 singles player Aaditya Shah, who defeated Morton's Zach Gonzales 6-0, 6-0. Mustangs Jack Heiniger and Michael Kitchell also won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.

"We just came out to play the semifinal against Morton, and we told the guys not to try and make any mistakes," Munster coach Steve Lopez said. "We wanted to play confident tennis and not to make any silly errors and just let the points develop. They don't have to force their game and when they do that, usually you see pretty classic results."

Munster's Chandler Marcus and Ryan Heuer defeated Morton's Andy Perez and Jacob York 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 doubles semifinal matchup. Heuer, who started the season as the Mustang's No. 3 singles player, has moved to No. 1 doubles to help out his team.

"I don't mind the changes," Heuer said. "I get used to them. I feel great about the doubles this year."

The Indians will be looking to end the Mustangs' streak Thursday afternoon. Lake Central was able to advance to the final with strong performances by senior No. 1 singles player Adam Meeker, who defeated Gavit's Derick Nelson 6-3, 6-0. Lake Central's No. 1 doubles team of Chris Pyle and Thomas Lozanoski defeated John Nicksic and Fred Ebner 6-0, 6-0.

"I'm pretty happy with the way my guys played today," Indians coach Eric Stark said. "Gavit had I think five seniors, and any team that has five seniors on the team is a threat because of that senior leadership. My guys responded to everything and they came out strong as a team and they performed very well today."

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