Tennis Stock

Tennis Stock

Kyle Telechan, File, The Times

GRIFFITH — The Lake Central boys tennis team had to deal a few issues Wednesday.

The first involved the early rainfall, which forced Wednesday's Munster Regional championship match between the Indians and Munster to be moved indoors to the Match Point courts in Griffith.

The second was Munster's Joe Webster, Peyton Specht, Zack Schmidt and Frank Wolf rolled their way to a 5-0 win and the school's state-record 34th regional title.

"We came out here ready to play," Munster coach Patrick Spohr said.

The scary thing about the Mustangs is that all four of the above- mentioned gentlemen are underclassmen, including Specht who's a freshman. The Mustangs' forecast for next season? Sunny with a high of 35 (as in adding another regional title).

Regional title No. 34 was almost a carbon copy performance of their regional semifinal win over Merrillville on Tuesday.

Two Mustang singles players (Specht and Jonathan Harris) were straight-set winners as were both Mustangs' doubles teams. The drama came from the No. 1 singles duel where Webster defeated Andrew Walsh in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

"It feels amazing, really great winning regionals," said Webster, who also went three sets before gutting out a win over Merrillville's Justin Jackson in the semifinals. "This is redemption for me, because I didn't win sectionals. Andrew played really well. It was a tough match."

All of which impressed Webster's coach.

"It's crazy that he's played two three setters in two days and he's come out on top both times," Spohr said. "That takes a lot of endurance and a strong mindset. To be able to do that as a sophomore says a lot about his future."

The Mustangs' immediate future is a Culver Academies semistate rematch against defending state champion Carmel. The Greyhounds (18-0) defeated Munster 5-0 last year.

Munster will be aiming for its 13th title and first since 2010.

Specht won his No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-2 over Steven Tulsiak, while Jonathan Harris was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Mathew Matakovic at No. 3.

Munster also won the battle of the Zack's in No. 1 doubles as Wolf and Zack Schmidt defeated Zack Seliger and Max Galocy 6-1, 6-0.

Kathir Venkat and DJ Fresko were No. 2 doubles winners for the Mustangs with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Ammarr Mohammad and Griffen Swarttzenruber.

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