BOYS TENNIS | MUNSTER REGIONAL

Munster sends Crown Point home after nail-biter

2013-10-08T20:45:00Z 2013-10-09T17:38:24Z Munster sends Crown Point home after nail-biterMatt Douthett matthew.douthett@nwi.com, (219) 933-4194 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | Talk about your pressure situation.

With Crown Point and Munster tied 2-2 and the right to advance to the Munster Regional championship on the line, it all came down to Munster's Arlo Detmer and Patrick Toth, who were facing off against Crown Point's Dominic Peretin and Carson Hoogeworf in No. 1 doubles.

Already down one set after a 7-5 loss, the Munster duo rebounded to post 6-4, 6-1 wins over their opponents and give Munster the 3-2 win over the Bulldogs.

Munster will face Merrillville, 3-2 winners over Morton, in today's championship.

Detmer and Toth faced a 3-2 deficit in the second set, but fired back as the pressure grew thick.

"We knew we had the talent to win that set," Detmer said of the second set. "Three to two, that's close. We just hung in there and started playing better."

"We did it for the team, we did it for coach (Steve Lopez)," Toth said. "He came back for us. We can't let him down, getting so close and collapsing before the finish line."

Detmer and Toth were well aware of the circumstances at hand. With the support of a large Munster crowd, Detmer used it as fuel for the fire.

"In that third set, with that kind of fan support, I knew we were going to win it 6-1," Detmer said. "It gets me so pumped up. I love it. Some players will crumble (under pressure). We certainly did not."

One striking difference between this match and Crown Point's 4-1 win on Sept. 30 was that the Mustangs (16-4) didn't lose confidence.

"They gave us a real solid beat down with that 4-1 score," Lopez said. "We knew we were close on the courts. Sometimes, the losses stick with you a little bit more. We were fortunate we had a whole week to work on some things."

One Munster player who rebounded from the previous loss was Colin Richter, who defeated Crown Point's Bryce Bonin 6-2, 6-3. Bonin defeated Richter 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in their previous match.

"Monday, I didn't really take into account all the stuff I've been practicing," Richter said. "I didn't take as many risks. I was definitely playing a safe game and waiting for him to miss.

"Today, I was much more aggressive and forcing errors instead of waiting for them. It really paid off."

Crown Point (20-1), got wins from Anthony Kendall at No. 3 singles and Brendan Ray and Boris Pavlovski at No. 2 doubles.

"I can't say that's the best tennis we've played, but I know that's the best they've got," Crown Point coach Chris Korzeniewski said. "I wish them well and I hope they can advance as far as they can and represent the region."

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