Trio of seniors, C. M. Wright coach win recognition All-Harford County tennis

June 13, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Three seniors who have had outstanding varsity careers and a coach who has put together a series of successful teams are recipients of the top honors as The Baltimore Sun recognizes its All-Harford County tennis team.

Peter Griffiths, whose C. Milton Wright team was undefeated during the regular season and won the county tournament, has been chosen Harford County Tennis Coach of the Year; Tim Bystry of Fallston and Jeff Roux of Bel Air are Boys Co-Players of the Year, and Susie Samuel of Bel Air is the Girls Player of the Year.

During Griffiths' eight years as coach, Wright has either won outright or shared the county title five times, all in the last six years after placing third his first two seasons.

This year's team compiled a 16-0 record and led the nine-team county tournament with 15 points. Fallston was next with 12, followed by Bel Air (10) and a vastly improved Havre de Grace (nine).

"We were a solid team, a good group, with an ability to get up for the big matches," said Griffiths, a native of Plainfield, N.J., and a graduate of Loyola College.

"And a lot of the credit for our success goes to my assistant, Ron Dove, who has been with me the last six years."

The Mustangs also were a veteran squad -- six boys and one girl were seniors.

Samuel, 18, was 17-1 this season, losing only to Siobhan Kelly (in a tiebreaker) of Aberdeen. She was a four-year varsity player, the last three at No. 1 singles, and her recent county championship was her first. She is headed to the University of Richmond.

Bystry and Roux have been friendly, albeit competitive, rivals for the last three years.

This spring, Bystry won the two regular-season meetings, then lost to Roux in the county final, 6-2, 6-3. Last year, Roux won all three meetings.

Bystry, 17, has been a varsity player for three years and played No. 1 singles the last two.

He was unbeaten against county opposition during the regular season, and said of his tournament loss, "I just never got into a rhythm." He will enroll at Millersville University in the fall.

Roux, 18, had four varsity seasons, including playing at No. 1 the last two.

Of his latest title-winning effort he said: "I think I was better prepared, mentally and physically, than when we played during the season. And, I hit the ball better, too."

Roux will attend the University of Maryland.

The following doubles players were also named to the All-County squad: seniors Dave Burns-Jim Penski (Fallston); Kristal Dove-Kelly Lissimore (Bel Air); junior Ryan Hannan-senior Greg LeMoine (Fallston); senior Katie Hatton-freshman Erin Updegrove (C. Milton Wright); and junior Kristie Johnson-senior Saul Passe (C. Milton Wright).

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