Broadneck sets sights on Arundel Bruins coach promises to KO defending champs

March 31, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The fireworks have already started this spring in Anne Arundel County tennis circles, even though the season-opening matches are 10 days away.

Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly has predicted her team will knock off defending champion Arundel for the county title.

Arundel's Andrew Carlson, the 1995 Boys Player of the Year in the county, and Broadneck's Erik Horine have said they hope to tear through county No. 1 boys singles competition without losing a game.

Kelly isn't holding anything back.

"Yes, we will finish ahead of Arundel for the county championship," said Kelly, who has been coaching the Bruins since the school opened in 1982. "We go five deep in the boys and five deep in the girls and only lost one senior girl from last year's team."

Kelly will find out quickly how her team stacks up with the Wildcats when the two teams meet opening day, April 10.

Horine, a senior, and the No. 1 girls singles player, freshman Jennifer Hellier, are expected to lead the Broadneck charge.

Kelly is impressed by Hellier.

"Jenny Hellier reminds me of Monica Seles," said Kelly. "She is a natural. She is very strong at the baseline, runs everything down and has good court sense."

Horine can serve and volley and play baseline tennis and obviously has lofty goals.

"Erik's goal is to win all his matches 6-0, 6-0," said Kelly. "That's his objective and game plan. But we all know the unexpected can happen when you're dealing with youngsters."

The other top four boys for Broadneck are Mike Leonard, Jason White, Sam Weston and Brad Taylor.

Following the irrepressible Hellier in the girls lineup are Camilla Rassmussen, Megan Roberts, Danielle DeLancy and Shannon Callahan.

But no one expects Arundel to relinquish its county championship without a fight.

The Carlson family -- the same one that produced Arundel freshman junior varsity baseball trailblazer Becky Carlson -- will have to be dealt with first.

Becky Carlson would have been the No. 2 girls singles player for the Wildcats if she hadn't gone out for baseball.

Her sister, Lindsay, a junior, holds the No. 1 girls singles spot this season after teaming with Neely Harris last year to win the county, regional and state girls doubles titles.

But her brother Andrew, a senior, is the tennis hotshot in the family.

Andrew Carlson didn't lose a county singles set last season and teamed with Florian Jung to capture the county, regional and state boys doubles championships. He was 4-0 in singles matches.

Andrew is expected to sign a national letter-of-intent tomorrow to attend Ohio State on a full tennis scholarship.

"Andrew has a great serve," said Arundel coach Gerry Quickel. "It's hard to return and he has excellent quickness and has been playing for a long time. He's in his fourth year with us."

Carlson's serve has gained notice around the county and is so fast that Annapolis coach Richard King insists he "couldn't see it a couple of times."

King likes to tell the story about last season when Carlson went out of his way to play singles against Chesapeake's Jay Kimmel.

"Andrew came out of doubles to play Kimmel because he got tired of hearing about how good he was in some newspaper articles," said King. "There were people who thought Kimmel had a good chance to win the match, but Andrew won, 7-6, 6-1. Kimmel had placed in the states as a sophomore, took his junior year off to work on his MATA [Middle Atlantic Tennis Association] ratings, and came back for his senior year."

Arundel sophomore David Flagg will be No. 2 behind Carlson in boys singles and senior Dave Durose will play doubles.

On the girls singles side, senior Lucy Garzobal, an exchange student from Argentina, will be No. 2 behind Lindsay Carlson. Seniors Heather Frick and Harris also will be important girls players for Arundel.

Severna Park, the 1994 Anne Arundel champions and co-champs in 1993 with Arundel, should be in the title hunt again this year, even though the Falcons have lost their top boys and girls players from last season.

"We never have any flashy players, but we're usually deep and very competitive," said Falcons coach Bob Naworal. "This year, our girls are strong but our boys don't have much depth. Broadneck cleaned our clock in a scrimmage this year."

Sophomore Nancy Turnblacer will be the No. 1 girls player for the Falcons and junior Mia Scott is set at No. 2. The other top girls are Lisa Mulholland, Dana Kaegel and Keri Peterson.

The top two Severna Park boys are No. 1 junior David Leddy and No. 2 senior Steve Boyle.

For Annapolis, senior Meghan Cornwall should once again be the most feared girls player in the county and the state.

The 1995 Anne Arundel County Player of the Year has won two straight state singles titles and has never lost a set in county dual match competition in three years.

Cornwall, who will attend West Virginia on a tennis scholarship, has only lost one match in three years and that came in the districts in her freshman year.

"Meghan has commitment but is not a fanatic," said King.

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