Portage Central enters Division 2 finals on a tear, seeks first title since 2007

Tennis   | Scott Burnstein

State Champs! Sports Network



   Portage – Peaking at the right time might be a vast understatement for the boys tennis team at Portage Central.

   The Mustangs have been playing in a class all by itself the past few weeks. With the momentum of a giant swinging demolition ball and its eyes firmly on the prize, Central will cruise into this weekend’s Division 2 state finals at Holly as the clear favorite to win it all.

Top-ranked Central (13-0) is riding a rare hot streak as it prepares for the finals, which are set to begin Friday. The Mustangs haven’t lost a match nor a single set of tennis, in singles or doubles play, in almost a month.

   The Mustangs’ hot streak began three weeks ago at the annual Greater Kalamazoo Tournament when the Mustangs became the first team in tournament history to sweep every flight. They didn’t drop a match or set in the eight total flights (four for singles, four for doubles).

 They did it again the following week at the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference tournament, pulling off another flight, match and set sweep and bringing home another trophy. Central kept it rolling last weekend and matched its previous two spotless efforts with yet another clean sweep at the regionals.

   “The kind of depth we have, what we’ve done these last few weeks, it’s pretty unheard of,” said Central co-coach Erik Anderson, who shares coaching duties with Pete Militzer. “This is an experienced group. They’re real hungry for