Cornwall nets an upset, takes girls singles 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.

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.

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.

Last year, he sustained his only loss of the season in the championship match when Hyon Yoo, from Wheaton, stopped him, 6-2, 6-4.

Centennial senior Becky Knouse 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. She 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.

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