Zweig rallies to win 1st region title

Eleanor Roosevelt prevails for team Region III honors

Tennis roundup

May 23, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard County players earned three of five championships at the Region III tennis tournament at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club yesterday.

Wilde Lake junior Ari Zweig, who won the boys county singles title a week ago, rallied to defeat Eleanor Roosevelt senior Clint Lee, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, for his first region title.

Centennial juniors Jessica Abel and Matt Lano, mixed doubles county champions, upended Shannon Ballard and Maurice Taylor of Bowie, 6-2, 6-4. In girls doubles, Mount Hebron senior twins Divya and Deepa Chandran defeated Wilde Lake's Jackie Taubman and Lizzie Richmond, 6-2, 7-6, in a rematch of last week's county final won by the Wildecats.

Eleanor Roosevelt freshman Lesley Price defeated Howard County girls singles champion Mari Rubert, a Wilde Lake senior, 6-2, 6-0. Bowie's Saeed Ashrafzadeh and Keith Paterno won the boys double title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over River Hill's Zach Heidepriem and Eric Buchner.

The finalists in each category advanced to the state tournament, Friday and Saturday, at Essex Community College.

Eleanor Roosevelt won the team title with 22 points, followed by Wilde Lake 19, Centennial and Bowie 16, River Hill nine, Mount Hebron eight, Atholton and Largo four, Laurel two, and Glenelg, High Point, Oakland Mills and Howard one.

Lee, who fell to teammate Erik Nudo in last year's regional final, gave Zweig credit for turning the match around.

"He's a really consistent player," said Lee, who will attend Maryland on a full academic scholarship. "I made too many mistakes, and he put them away. He just played better than me."

Lee, who beat Zweig last summer in three sets in their only previous meeting, took advantage of his strong forehand to control the first set. Zweig did his best the next two sets to hit to Lee's backhand.

"I wanted to be consistent and when I saw an opening, attack his backhand," Zweig said.

Zweig broke Lee twice in the final set, the last time in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead. Zweig won the first two points of the 10th game with his serve, then double-faulted, something he did on occasion throughout the match. Serving for the match at 40-5, Zweig won the point with a backhand down the line that nipped the net and landed out of the reach of Lee.

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