CROWN POINT | It’s been a special season in Crown Point for boys tennis.
The only one that could rival it historically would be the 1971 state championship campaign. That team, however, had a regular-season loss.
This Crown Point team won all 18 of its regular-season matches, sweeping through the Duneland Athletic Conference without dropping a set and beating Munster for the first time in recent recorded history along the way.
So of course the only thing that could stop the Bulldogs in the postseason was rain.
Crown Point dispatched Rensselaer 5-0 in a semifinal match Thursday while dropping just a single game among the five positions. It advances to the championship round of the Crown Point Sectional, which was postponed to today.
“It’s homecoming for football, so that gives us more incentive to come out and win so we can hurry up and go to the game,” Crown Point No. 2 singles player Lance Noerenberg said. “On the other hand, we can’t rush or force anything in our matches or get sloppy.”
Lake Central and Lowell were tied at 0-0 when the rain storm hit shortly after 5 p.m. They will resume play in progress -- most matches had advanced to the second set -- at 4:15 p.m. today as the Bulldogs watch. The championship will follow the conclusion of the L.C.-Lowell match with C.P. seeking a seventh consecutive sectional title against the winner.
Crown Point, tied for 11th in state history with 26 sectional titles entering this fall, beat both teams 5-0 in the regular season. In the win over the Indians, the Bulldogs dropped 16 games, and against Lowell they surrendered only 12 total, with six of those coming from a junior varsity doubles team called up for the match.
“With us being undefeated, it gives us confidence,” Noerenberg said. “We’ve always got to look out for teams that can end our streak. We’ve always got to prepare to win.”
Rensselaer (1-17) did not last long. Noerenberg, a sophomore, won 6-0, 6-0 over junior Nathan Ziese of the Bombers. C.P. No. 1 Bryce Bonin, a freshman, beat Rensselaer senor Connor Jackson in straight sets as well.
“Somebody more scared would have played without confidence, but they played aggressively,” sixth-year C.P. coach Chris Korzeniewski said. “Coming in with the momentum of the undefeated regular season, we were able to play smart, short games and make it a short match.”