Severna Park edges Arundel, 5-4, for county title

May 07, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Jeff Corby and Bronwyn Fulton of Severna Park wound up playing the final match of the day yesterday at Arundel. Moments after clinching their mixed doubles victory, a voice rang out.

"Hey, did you know it was 4-4?" said the Severna Park fan.

The look of surprise on both faces quickly answered that question.

Corby and Fulton did not know the Anne Arundel County championship was riding on their match. But the pair came through anyway, scoring a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Sally Schoenfeld and Dave Durose that gave visiting Severna Park a come-from-behind 5-4 decision over host Arundel, and a second consecutive county title.

Severna Park (11-0, 11-0) also won the county title last year against Arundel with a 5-4 decision (also clinched in the final match). Many at this match said they thought it would be another 5-4 duel.

"It's satisfying," said Severna Park coach Margie Nicholson, whose team has not lost in two years. "[Coming back] is what makes this fun."

It was not fun early for the Falcons. Arundel (10-1, 10-1) took a 4-2 lead and needed just one more win for the title.

But that win never came. Freshman Dave Hatef of Severna Park started the turnaround with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Greg McGuffin in a battle of 10-0 players.

Hatef struggled early but made some changes that paid off. He made several unforced errors early, but then stayed back on the baseline for much of the match. McGuffin then started making the errors, and the match swung to Hatef.

"I didn't know we were down 4-2," said Hatef. "I didn't want to put it in my mind."

Steve Strzelczyk and Andy Hawkins of Severna Park then tied the match with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Dan Wojtech and Brad Starkey. This was only their second match together as Nicholson put Hawkins in as a last-minute hunch.

That left Corby and Fulton on the court against Schoenfeld and Durose. The Severna Park pair improved its record to 9-0 with the title-clinching victory.

"I'd have been more nervous if I [knew]," said Corby.

Said Fulton: "I'm so happy. I really wanted to win."

Britta Adolph (10-1) and the team of Allison Weitz and Sara Wuest (11-0) also scored victories for Severna Park.

For Arundel, Andrew Carlson (11-0) and Nealy Harris (11-0) took victories in singles; and the teams of Dave Townsend and Chad Schneider along with Lindsay Carlson and Heather Frick (11-0) also won for the Wildcats.

The loss was another tough one for Arundel coach Gerry Quickel, but he was proud of his team's effort.

"I'm not disappointed," said Quickel. "I figured it was going to be a 5-4 match either way. There were a couple of matches they pulled out, and that was it."

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