Girls tennis

Munster rolls to 38th straight girls tennis sectional title

2014-05-22T20:45:00Z 2014-05-22T23:05:37Z Munster rolls to 38th straight girls tennis sectional titlePauL Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 22, 2014 8:45 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The Munster girls tennis team winning a sectional might be a safer bet than Mark Cuban being fined by the NBA multiple times a year.

The Mustangs won their state-record 38th sectional title in a row Thursday night in convincing fashion, defeating Calumet and Hammond in that order by scores of 5-0, respectively.

None of the girls lost a game in any of their combined 10 matches.

"We didn't finalize our roster until two weeks before the postseason," Munster coach Patrick Spohr said. "Right now we're clicking on all cylinders and not losing a game in any set is definitely a motivational factor going into regionals."

Griffith freshman Daniela Moncada was the only victor for the Panthers in their 4-1 loss to Hammond in the semifinals.

Other victors included Nikki Heiniger, Jessica Rooth, and Kaylynn Gruber for Munster in singles and the duos of Melissa Tepperman and Kasey Kulesa and Anisha Vavilala and Sara Ladd.

"Everyone has taken their game another step up," said Spohr, who won his first sectional as a head coach. "We just have to keep playing our game because the competition will get tougher."

No. 2 singles player Rooth dispatched her sectional opponents in a combined total of 35 minutes, winning 6-0, 6-0 in both.

"I'm not playing as well as I want to," she said, "but I'm still playing at a high level."

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