1999 All-Baltimore City/County tennis teams

June 03, 1999|By MARK HOEFLICH

Coach of the Year

Mark Potter, Archbishop Curley: Potter guided the Friars to their third straight unbeaten season and third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title in a row. With three-year players Chad Kardian, John Bruni and Brandon Scarfield -- all seniors -- as the driving force, Curley has lost only twice in 34 matches as a team in four years. While Potter didn't have a dominant player, he got the most out of a balanced squad that featured several multi-sport athletes whom were used to winning. Potter's simple approach to the game also created great chemistry among his players. "All of the achievements that we have acquired are the result of the hard work and dedication of our players, namely our three seniors," said Potter, who finished his fifth year as coach.

Boys Player of Year

Andy Kolker, Senior, Park School: Kolker followed his breakthrough season of a year ago -- when he was selected as The Sun's Co-Player of the Year -- with his second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. His only loss was to St. Paul's Josh Cohn, and he overcame a slight wrist injury in the individual championships to beat McDonogh's Chris Chiu for the singles title at No. 1. A poised, resilient player, Kolker's biggest assest might have been his mental preparation. Kolker, who is headed to the University of Pennsylvania, attacked more this season with smoother volleys and better depth on his ground strokes.

Girls Player of Year

Elizabeth Harvey, Junior, Randallstown: With her sister, Leslie, foregoing the Region X Tournament, the path was cleared for Harvey to win her first region title and earn her third consecutive trip to the state tournament, where she lost her only match of the season to Broadneck's Jennifer Hellier in straight sets. A disciplined, highly skilled player, Harvey often overwhelmed her opponents.

Boys team

Chris Chiu, Senior, McDonogh: Chiu lost more matches this season (six) than in his previous three years combined. Still, his skills were unquestionable. Ranked No. 4 in boys 18-under in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 1 in the Maryland District, Chiu, possesses a commanding serve and an excellent flat forehand. He held the No. 1 singles spot at McDonogh for all but his freshman season.

Josh Cohn, Senior, St. Paul's: Cohn made a name for himself during one week late last month, when he defeated both Andy Kolker and Chris Chiu. While his skills may not be as sharp as some of the other MIAA A Conference's No. 1 singles players, Cohn's determination and gritty play kept him in matches. So did a bigger serve. Cohn's only loss in 12 matches was to Chiu in the tournament semifinals, 6-3, 6-4. He will attend Colgate in the fall.

Adam Derrer, Senior, Dulaney: Derrer won both the Baltimore County and Region X titles before losing his only match in the opening round of the state championships at Essex Community College. In his third season as the Lions' top player, Derrer served for a higher percentage and opened up his net game with more power along the baseline.

James Giza, Senior, City: Giza had little trouble defending his City League championship, using his all-around game to finish 9-0, including the tournament. Giza didn't overpower his opponents but had an uncanny ability to avoid costly mistakes. He will attend the University of North Carolina.

Zach Meyers, Senior, McDonogh: Meyers has been turning heads since he arrived on the private schools scene as a freshman at Loyola, before transferring to McDonogh in his sophomore year. Yet, he raised his game this season, finishing 21-0 and capturing his second straight singles title at No. 2. Meyers' increase in size and strength made him a bigger hitter, and his placement and pace on the ball resulted in numerous swift victories. He is ranked No. 7 among Under-18 boys in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Girls team

Leslie Harvey, Senior, Randallstown: Harvey once again owned competition in Baltimore County at No. 1 singles and breezed to her third consecutive league championship. She opted not to play in the Region X Tournament, thus keeping her from defending her state championship. Harvey often left little to chance, and her ability to finish points allowed her to remain unbeaten in county play over four years. She will attend Long Island University.

Irene and Debbie Ho, Senior and Freshman, Dulaney: man, Dulaney: These sisters were the class of the Baltimore County doubles circuit, winning all 12 of their matches on the way to league and region titles. Fundamentally sound, Debbie and Irene were rarely out of position and had great chemistry. "They played more like twins than sisters," said Dulaney coach Pat Heil.

Veena Rao, Freshman, Towson: Although Rao started playing tennis just two years ago, she took control of her matches and lost only one set during a 12-1 season. Several off-season tournaments prepared her for high school play, and Rao showed a little bit of everything on the court. She finished second to Elizabeth Harvey in the regional tournament before losing in the opening round at the state tournament.

Portia Wood, Freshman, Western: One of three Doves to advance to the regional tournament, Wood, who played at No. 3 singles, defeated Western's top two players to win the City League championship. Wood saw a lot of on-the-job training and her confidence increased throughout the season.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Baltimore City/County tennis team was selected by Mark Hoeflich after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/03/99

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