Washington takes AIS title, losing just 4 games on way Doubles to Mawrtians duo

darkness delays B singles


October 31, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Park School's Brandy Washington was nearly perfect in the Association of Independent Schools tennis tournament at McDonogh, including yesterday's championship match.

Washington lost only four games throughout the tournament, capping her performance with a strong 6-0, 6-1 victory over McDonogh's Sara Sateri for the A Division championship.

Washington (11-0) lost only one game in each of her four matches and had a surprisingly easy time with Sateri, who took her to three sets in a recent regular-season match. The Park sophomore gave Sateri few openings.

"I was consistent today," said top-seeded Washington, daughter former Baltimore Colts running back Joe Washington. "I was more on top of my game, and I think I played really well."

Park coach Betty Medalie said Washington's ability to cover the court and keep the intensity up made the difference.

"She was just making sure she was focused on every point," said Medalie. "The way she was moving to the ball was great."

Aggressiveness also helped the Bryn Mawr doubles team of Emily Janney and Courtney Jenkins (8-0) rally to defeat Lindsay Sloane and Lauren Cohn from McDonogh, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 and take the A Division title.

The Janney/Jenkins duo struggled early but turned the match around in the second set.

"We were really tense and really nervous early," said Jenkins. "Once we started to relax, we played better."

Garrison Forest's Gaby Autry and Courtney Kirby also had to work to win their doubles title in the B Division. They outlasted St. Paul's Kristina Tesconi and Erin Sloneker, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Kirby and Autry, the No. 3 seed, combined to play a solid match and improve their record to 7-3 this season. This was both players' first year playing tennis for Garrison Forest. Kirby had played field hockey previously for the Grizzlies, and Autry is new to the school.

The B Division singles final between John Carroll's Soraya Scroggins and Friends' Sammy Williamson was suspended after one set because of darkness. Scroggins won that set, 6-3, and the match is scheduled for completion at 3 p.m. Monday.

Pub Date: 10/31/98

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