Cornwall nets upset, takes title

May 29, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Meghan Cornwall, an Annapolis High School sophomore, outlasted German exchange student Britta Adolf of Severna Park, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, in the girls singles final to highlight play in the 20th annual state tennis tournament at Essex Community College yesterday.

Cornwall pulled ahead in the third set, as she had success in moving her opponent from side to side. "We were both really tired," said Cornwall of the three-hour match that eventually saw her beat Adolf, who lives near Frankfort, for the fifth time without a loss this season.

The third-seeded Cornwall was the only non-No. 1 to claim a title, as the favorites prevailed in four other divisions.

Dale Cathell (24-0), a Stephen Decatur senior, got a prize that escaped him a year ago, when he won the boys singles, beating Quince Orchard freshman Derrick Nguyen, 6-1, 6-2.

In the girls final, Cornwall -- the Anne Arundel County and regional titlist -- rallied from 3-5 to go ahead 6-5, then wound up losing the tiebreaker, 7-3. From 1-3 in the second set, she reached set point in the 10th game, then came back from 5-6 to force a tiebreaker, which she won, 7-0.

Becky Knouse, a Centennial senior, finally broke through with a win. She and sister Stephanie, a junior, defeated Tracy Koenig-Jennifer Ungerer of South Hagerstown, 6-0, 6-1.

In previous state appearances, Becky had finished third in doubles as a freshman and sophomore, and fourth in singles last year. Cornwall won that consolation match, 6-2, 6-2.

Senior-junior combinations won the other two titles. Matt Brown-Larry Chou of Churchill took the boys doubles, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) over brothers Mark-Matt Hanna of South River. Each of the Churchill players was a Montgomery County singles champion, at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively.

The Quince Orchard pair of senior Alex Chi and junior Negeen Pegahi downed Chad Schneider-Nealy Harris of Arundel, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, but Schneider could have been forgiven for tiring in the stretch.

Between his morning semifinal match and the final, he took time out to attend his graduation ceremonies at UMBC.

Jamie Margolis of Pikesville, upheld tradition in her family, as she was the only Baltimore County entry to reach the semifinals.

In singles, she lost in the semifinals to Cornwall, then thwarted Teresa Whiteside of Springbrook, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

The freshman's success made up for the loss by her top-seeded sister, Kelly, who was upset in the first round.

Last year, Kelly had lost in a three-set final.

Carroll County had one of its two entries get a first-round win (Erica Boutner-Amber Clutter of South Carroll in girls doubles) before losing, and Harford County, which had three doubles teams and a singles entry, had only C. Milton Wright's mixed double team of Alison Beach-Mike Hielke win a match. They lost in the consolation.

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