McDonogh, Pikesville sweep

June 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

McDonogh and Pikesville dominated Baltimore County tennis again this spring.

McDonogh captured all six of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference singles championships for the second straight year and also won the team title. Pikesville rolled through another season undefeated in Baltimore County competition.

And that's why the two schools also swept The Baltimore Sun's All-County tennis honors.

Ryan Cole of Pikesville and Nick Colvin of McDonogh are the boys co-Players of the Year. The Margolis sisters, Kelley and Jamie, give Pikesville some more awards as the girls co-Players of the Year. McDonogh coach Laddie Levy takes the Coach of the Year award.

Cole played No. 1 singles at Pikesville for four years. He won the Baltimore County Region VI title this year and advanced to the state quarterfinals, finishing 18-1.

Cole finished his high school career with a 56-6 record. In the regular season, Cole went 45-1, winning his final 33 matches over 2 1/2 seasons.

Cole won his first county title this year. He had struggled in the county tournament in the past and set winning it as his goal.

Colvin led the way for McDonogh, winning at the No. 1 spot for much of the season. The sophomore won the MSA A Conference No. 3 singles title last year while winning all 20 of his matches and all 38 of his sets.

This year, he moved up to No. 1 early in the season. He stretched his unbeaten set streak to 46 and finished 17-4 while taking the MIAA A Conference No. 1 title.

The Margolis sisters used their aggressiveness in big ways. Kelley, a sophomore, won the county title for the second straight year.

The left-handed serve-and-volley specialist rolled through the county with a perfect mark, defeating sister Jamie in three sets for the county Region VI title.

Kelley, who played No. 1 singles for Pikesville, made it to the state finals last year. She was the first seed this year, but lost in the first round and finished 13-1.

Jamie, a freshman, had won 156 straight games while playing No. 2 singles for Pikesville. After losing to Kelley in the county finals, she wound up being unseeded in the states.

But she advanced to the semifinals before falling to Meghan Cornwall of Annapolis, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, in a tough match. Jamie, who won three times in the states, finished the season at 15-2.

McDonogh coach Levy also found lots of success -- again. McDonogh swept the six MIAA A Conference singles titles and won the team title.

Levy's Eagles went 16-2 and rolled through the A Conference without a loss.

"We were optimistic at the start, and the two biggest thrills were winning the St. Alban's [D.C.] tournament and sweeping the MIAA singles," said Levy. "It's a hard thing to do twice. It's difficult."

And what will upset McDonogh rivals is that the Eagles get all of

their top seven back for next year.

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