McDonogh sweeps singles titles

May 12, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

McDonogh was a gracious host for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament -- off the court.

McDonogh swept all six singles championships in MIAA A Conference individual competition yesterday. The Eagles also won all six last year -- the first time that had ever happened.

Nick Colvin (No. 1), Scott Ackerman (two), Ross Cooperman (three), Andy Robbins (four), Scott Dilloff (five) and Kevin Fishkind (six) each won titles. Colvin, Ackerman, Cooperman and Robbins won last year.

Colvin topped Chris Jones of Calvert Hall, 6-1, 6-4.

The McDonogh sophomore, who at one point this season had won 46 consecutive sets, said the team believed it would do well in the tournament.

"We all were very confident that we could win," said Colvin.

"Last year, we had . . . a young team. We got older and we got better."

All of the other McDonogh victories came against Gilman opponents. Ackerman beat Randy Michels, 6-2, 6-0; Cooperman outlasted Parajat Didolkar, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 7-5; Robbins topped Clayton Apgar, 6-3, 7-5; Dilloff beat Alex Wasserman, 6-4, 6-4 and Fishkind beat Ryan Isaacs, 6-1, 6-1. Jones and Justin Houck of Calvert Hall topped Hugh Cole and William Hsu of Gilman, 6-3, 6-1, in the doubles.

McDonogh went 16-1 during the regular season and also captured the A Conference team title.

The Eagles, whose lone loss was to Woodberry Forest (Va.), had some tough matches in the tournament, but came up with the key points.

"I thought they all played well today," said McDonogh coach Laddie Levy. "I'm looking forward to next year."

He probably should. Each of the top seven players returns for McDonogh. Ackerman, Cooperman, Robbins and Fishkind are all juniors; Colvin is a sophomore and Dilloff a freshman.

Said Michels: "Their first three players are interchangeable. They're really strong."

Boys' Latin was strong in B Conference action. The Lakers took two singles titles along with the doubles crown.

Noah Mumaw topped Mike Zeiler of Curley, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2. Mike Riley beat Brandon Maslan from Friends, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 6. Mumaw also scored at doubles with Matt Weinstein as they topped Dan Motz and Will Sieck of Friends, 6-1, 6-2.

"The kids played extraordinary all season," said Boys' Latin coach Donald Rickels. "I'm extremely proud of the way things turned out."

In other B Conference singles action, Motz beat Mike Hemelt of Curley, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1. At No. 3, Greg Loftus from Curley defeated Lutheran's John Schwarz, 6-2, 6-3. Josh Hantman from Friends defeated James Maloney of St. Mary's, 6-3, 6-4 for the No. 4 crown, and Lutheran's Brad Friedel beat Bobby Niedzwicki of Curley, 6-4, 6-4 for the No. 5 title.

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