'Hounds capture team title Gilman ends McDonogh's 6-year hold on crown

MIAA A tennis

May 22, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gilman finally got revenge.

After losing to McDonogh for six straight years in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship match, Gilman broke a couple streaks yesterday and won the DTC title, 4-2.

Clutch performances from several Greyhounds not only ended the host Eagles' title streak at six, McDonogh also saw a 79-match league winning streak end.

Gilman (13-1) was the last MIAA A Conference team, other than McDonogh (14-2) to win the championship, but that was in 1991. Plus, the Greyhounds were the last MIAA team to beat McDonogh, doing so on April 27, 1991.

Yesterday's match, played in the best-of-seven format, saw Gilman get three-set victories from Randy Resnick, Ali Zamani and Michael Fisher at Nos. 3-5 in singles. That gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 lead after singles and forced the match into doubles.

Resnick and Amir Zamani then hooked up to defeat David Katz and Zach Myers at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-0, to clinch the title.

The No. 1 doubles match between McDonogh's Chris Chiu and Eric Ottenheimer and Gilman's Matt Peters and Ali Zamani was stopped when the other doubles match locked up the Greyhounds' title.

"McDonogh is probably a little better than us, but today everything went our way," said Gilman coach Jim Busick. "The team was happy to get in this position, where they [Resnick and Zamani] had the opportunity to win. They complement each other well."

Chiu beat Peters at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-2) while Myers topped Amir Zamani at No. 2 (7-5, 6-4). But the Greyhounds started a move toward an advantageous position when Resnick paid back Katz for a loss Monday in the A Conference individual finals with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win at No. 3.

Ali Zamani followed Resnick's example at No. 4 when he also exacted some revenge against Ottenheimer, who scored a straight-set championship victory Monday. This time, it was Zamani's turn with a 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4 victory. Michael Fisher of Gilman, who beat August Ongkasuwan Monday for the No. 5 title, outlasted him here in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

That set up the doubles, and the Resnick/Zamani duo took charge from the start. Resnick controlled net play, making many strong shots, and Zamani did the same in back as they rolled to the straight-set victory.

"We were the big underdog, and there was no pressure on us," said Resnick. "We played really well together."

Said Zamani: "We knew that our best chance was to win at 3, 4 and 5 singles and have a chance at No. 2 doubles."

McDonogh coach Laddie Levy said he was not disappointed, and that Gilman played well and deserved credit.

"It's good to lose if just to let people know how hard it is to keep winning," said Levy. "Now we try to start a new streak."

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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