Park's Kolker leaves mark McDonogh players rule again

Bruin helps team enjoy first titles since 1969

MIAA tennis

May 19, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

McDonogh once again dominated the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference individual tournament. But Andy Kolker of Park didn't do too badly for himself and the Bruins.

The Eagles got individual titles from Zach Myers, David Katz and Eric Ottenheimer, but Kolker became Park's first singles champion in nearly 30 years. He then ensured the Bruins wouldn't have to wait as long for another title by combining with Jon Caplis to win the doubles championship yesterday at McDonogh.

McDonogh, which has dominated A Conference tennis in this decade and is 13-1 this year, won three of the six divisions. Myers started by winning his second straight title at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Gilman's Amir Zamani.

At No. 3, Katz paid back Gilman's Randy Resnick for last year's championship loss with a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Ottenheimer took the title at No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ali Zamani of Gilman.

Michael Fisher of Gilman stopped the other McDonogh bid for a title, coming back to beat August Ongkasuwan, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The Gilman freshman made a number of good shots, especially in the third set as he closed out the match.

"I'm real happy with [how we played]," said McDonogh coach Laddie Levy, whose team hosts Gilman Thursday at 3: 15 for the A Conference team title match. "Everybody's shooting for us, and it makes it interesting."

Kolker made a lot of things interesting at No. 1 singles. The unseeded junior knocked off top seed Chris Chiu of McDonogh in three sets in the second round and went on to defeat Kevin Strouse of Loyola, 6-1, 6-2, in the finals. Steve Krulevitz was Park's last champion, and that was back in 1969.

After a 45-minute rest, Kolker came back to team with Caplis and beat Josh Cohn and Robbie Paymer of St. Paul's, 6-3, 7-5. The Park pair was down 5-4 in the third set but held serve before breaking Cohn/Paymer for a 6-5 lead. Kolker then served out the match.

"I just tried to play a solid game all around," said Kolker, now 11-2 in singles. "It just came together at the right time."

Mike Grabenstein of Calvert Hall won the other championship. He took first place at No. 6, defeating Dustin Sitton from St. Paul's, 6-3, 6-2.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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