Singles champs back Owls coach is new

March 27, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The county tennis season is underway with last year's singles champions back, some new teams looking to make noise in doubles, and a new coach at Westminster.

Westminster senior Steve Flora will go after his third county title this spring, and last year's surprise in girls singles, Liberty junior Shen Poehlman, tries to defend her crown. Taking over the Owls' girls team is Nick Ferraro, a 1991 Westminster grad who played for boys coach Fran McCullin.

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Doubles appear to be the strength for both the boys and girls teams in Uniontown.

Girls coach Donna Baker has all three doubles teams returning, led by No. 1 Angie Diskin and Erin Seraydian, 7-5 last spring. At No. 2 are Laura Caprarola and Annie McKenzie, who were 9-3 a year ago.

"They have the experience, but they still have to go out at game time and win," Baker said. Freshman Charlotte Gowan will play in the Eagles' No. 1 singles spot.

Losing six seniors from last year's team, the boys would appear to be rebuilding under coach Derrik Hess, but they opened with a win at Williamsport. Three doubles wins provided the difference. Mike Sandridge and Mike Null are at No. 1 doubles; Phil Keller and Kelly Norris are No. 2; and Todd Staub and Keith Dutterer No. 3. Kyle Green is the Eagles' No. 1 singles player.


Veteran coach Bruce Damasio continues to shuffle lineups. "We have no set lineups yet -- nothing carved in stone," he said.

Last season, Poehlman started playing doubles before moving up to No. 2 singles and then winning the singles title at the county tournament. Also back is Sarah Oliver -- half of Liberty's county doubles championship team.

Craig Wentz is one of six boy seniors back. Last season, he teamed with Brian Levin, who has since transferred, to win the county doubles crown.

North Carroll

Veteran coach John Lynam and Elizabeth Foyle both return to give coach Mike Klingenberg some help. The three will serve as tri-coaches, all providing guidance for both the boys and girls teams.

Dave Nowicki is the anchor returning at No. 1 singles. "He gives us steadiness," said Klingenberg. "Last year, he was a little better than .500 but had some problems against some of the better guys. We're looking for him to raise his game against the better players this season." Craig Gordon is set at No. 2 singles, and Shawn Martin and Bobby Watson, who played at No. 2 doubles last season, will be No. 1 this spring.

Klingenberg said the North Carroll girls are still young but much improved from last season. Jessica Bradford, who took over the No. 1 singles position in the middle of last season, is back, and Teresa Barnes, slowed by a knee problem, will be at No. 2 singles when she returns. Charis Fulton and Jeannie Passano will playNo. 1 doubles. The Panthers, without a senior, have seven returning sophomores.

South Carroll

Coach Jim Carnes has plenty of experience on the boys team, with Allan Stevens, No. 1 singles last season, returning for his third varsity season. Andrew Taylor and Derek Favreau, who reached the county tournament finals last spring, also are back.

On the girls team, Lindsey Vosloh is the most experienced doubles player backRobin Deniker returns, as well, and Ce Wagener, a basketball standout, is giving tennis a try.


No county boys team can match the Owls' combination of Flora and fellow senior David Shoffner, who returns at No. 2 singles after playing doubles last year. The question for McCullin is whether he can get some consistent play at doubles.

"Most of the time, we can expect to get both singles points -- at the very worse a split -- but we need one or two consistent winners at doubles," he said. "Right now, we're trying to find some different combinations that will work."

Kush Javia and Ben Berchock, the Owls No. 2 team last season, return, as does Danny Piper, who teamed with Shoffner at No. 1 last season.

Ferraro has been impressed with what he's seen in practice from his girls team, led by his singles combination of Christina Miserandino, a base-line player who will play at No. 1, and No. 2 Tara Gebhardt.

The No. 1 doubles team, Linnea Pagulayan and Jaclyn Hollinger, has played together for a couple of seasons, and that's only the start of the experience Ferraro has with six of his top eight players being seniors.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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