McDonogh tennis takes 2nd at national tourney Chiu's 3-set singles win clinches place for Eagles

June 13, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

While Deerfield Academy once again was proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the class of the inaugural National Prep Team Championships, the tourney within a tourney raged on yesterday to an exciting finale.

Still in danger of losing out on the bowl going to the runner-up team in the event, host McDonogh didn't pull clear of Greenhill School of Texas and win, 4-3, until its No. 2 player, Chris Chiu, squeezed by Ted Bowie, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. It capped a 26-0 season for the freshman, who took 52 of 54 sets.

"It was strictly center court stuff," said tournament director Curtis Way. "All the other matches were over and everyone was waiting around for trophy presentations and socializing. The crowd really got into it."

Deerfield (Mass.) finished its unbeaten run by trouncing Lawrenceville (N.J.), 6-0, the losers finishing third behind McDonogh's 4-1 mark. Greenhill was fourth at 2-3; Choate (Conn.) nipped Western Reserve (Ohio), 4-3, to end 1-4 and send the latter home winless.

After a rough start Monday because thunderstorms forced a move to indoor courts, play improved dramatically despite the fact the squads played five matches, singles and doubles, in little more than 48 hours.

"What made it easier to take is we kept to the team concept throughout," said McDonogh coach Laddie Levy. "The coaches liked that because that's the format they played all season. Now it's full speed ahead.

"The tournament is our baby and the presenting sponsor [Alex. Brown investment banking] is all for us shooting for a 12-team field next year.

"Deerfield will be back to defend, and what we'd like to do is have two six-team pools with the winners meeting for the title."

While this was a team event, individual exploits played an important role.

For instance, in the battle among team No. 1s, Justin Gagnon of Greenhill finished undefeated by beating McDonogh's Nick Colvin, 6-4, 7-5. It was only the second time the Eagles captain had lost in 26 matches. Besides Chiu, others posting victories for McDonogh were Richie Granat (4), David Katz (5) and Greg Krieger (6).

Pub Date: 6/13/96

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