1996 All-Baltimore City/County tennis team

June 09, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A mixture of things old and new helped shape the All-Baltimore City/County tennis team this spring.

Nick Colvin of McDonogh again dominated the boys tennis scene in his senior season. He concluded his Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (and MSA) career with a perfect 55-0 record and his fourth conference singles title and was named Boys Player of the Year for the third straight spring.

Leslie Harvey from Randallstown proved just as dominant in her freshman year. Harvey, who won the county/region title and took third in the states, lost just two games during the regular season for the Rams while being picked as Girls Player of the Year.

Laddie Levy of McDonogh and Overlea's Bonnie Margolis share Coach of the Year honors. Levy's Eagles have been strong for a while and posted a 17-1 record to win their sixth conference title in seven years plus three individual championships -- despite losing four of their top five from last year.

Margolis was in only her second year at Overlea, a school that won just three matches and barely had enough players for a team two years ago. Under Margolis, the team improved to 7-5 this year and won the Baltimore County mixed doubles title -- the first tennis crown in school history.

For Colvin, however, winning championships is nothing new. The Wisconsin-bound senior went 20-1 this season to complete a 74-8 McDonogh career. He won his third consecutive MIAA A Conference No. 1 singles title -- after winning the No. 3 crown as a freshman.

Colvin, ranked sixth in the state's boys 18 division and 20th in the Mid-Atlantic region, can hit a large variety of shots and cover FTC the court with ease. He lost just one set in the league all season.

"He got bigger and stronger and more confident every year," said Levy. "We're really going to miss him next year. We're going to miss him as No. 1 and more importantly as a leader and role model."

Harvey set a similar tone at Randallstown. The freshman finished 16-1 overall and overwhelmed most opponents during the season with her strong play.

The only loss for Harvey came to eventual state champion Meghan Cornwall of Arundel in the state semifinals. But Harvey bounced back to win the consolation match for third place.

"She puts a lot of work into the game," said Randallstown coach Sharon Spangenberg. "She has beautiful strokes. I can see her being a state champion in the future."

Levy has handled many champions while at McDonogh. The Eagles have gone 106-10 overall and won six team titles during his seven years. They also have won 55 straight conference matches dating back five years.

Levy had expected this to be a rebuilding year, due to the large number of players lost from last season's powerhouse.

But the Eagles surprised their coach, rolling through their difficult schedule with ease. They also won individual conference titles from Colvin, Chris Chiu and Jon Rodriguez (at Nos. 1 through 3). Richie Granat and David Katz also played well at 4 and 5.

"I would have been happy if the kids had been about 12-6," said Levy. "I was just flabbergasted that everybody else did as well as they did."

Margolis -- who coached Pikesville to county titles in 1992 and 1993 -- also found some unexpected success with her team. She worked hard over the past two years to drum up interest in tennis at Overlea.

Margolis' work has paid off big time for the Falcons. Scott Twele and Erin Coffman combined to take the county's mixed doubles crown this season, and Margolis has several of her top players returning next year.

"I tried to get everybody into the sport," said Margolis. "I pulled in people I thought were good and tried to recruit people."

The rest of the players on the boys team also were consistent. Chiu, Pikesville's Scott Dilloff and Eric Richter, Parijat Didolkar from Gilman, Tony McMillon of Patterson and Loyola's Zach Meyers.

Chiu and Meyers both had outstanding freshmen years. The McDonogh player won all 21 matches to take the No. 2 singles title. Meyers, meanwhile, played steadily all season and extended Colvin to three sets in the top championship match.

For Pikesville, Dilloff won the county/region singles crown, topping teammate Richter in the title match. A junior, Dilloff (19-1) lost in the second round of the state tournament.

Richter (17-2), a senior, played consistent all season, even filling in at times in the top spot. Didolkar handled the No. 1 spot with ease for Gilman again. A good all-around player, Didolkar finished 10-4 for the Greyhounds as a junior.

McMillon became the first Baltimore City player ever to reach the region final. The junior, a powerful hitter who won the Baltimore City title, lost to Andrew Carlson of Arundel (state runner-up) in the region championship. McMillon lost in the first round of the state tournament, but also played well there.

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