Nos. 4 and 6 move McDonogh into tennis tie with DeMatha

Deerfield, Georgetown Prep overturned in tournament


They call it the National Prep Team Tennis Championships, and yesterday host McDonogh gave strong indication why.

Tied with former champion and always formidable Deerfield Academy during the afternoon session of the first day of the three-day, round-robin tournament, McDonogh was forced to place reliance on its Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles players.

At No. 4, Nithin Jayadeva had lost the first set and wasn't feeling well. At No. 5, Steve Hallock was holding his own, but the match appeared as if it might go on until nightfall. The same held true for No. 6 August Ongkasuwan.

With their teammates cheering them on, Ongkasuwan suddenly broke away for a 7-5, 6-0 victory. At the same time, Jayadeva turned his match around and prevailed, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The 4-2 victory over Deerfield coupled with a 4-0 triumph over Georgetown Prep in the morning moved McDonogh into a tie with DeMatha.

Deerfield split its two matches in the first-team-to-four-points format, same as Western Reserve. Georgetown and Hill School are 0-2.

"It looked bad for us when we lost the doubles point and had to default the No. 3 singles [Eric Ottenheimer suffered an ankle injury and cramps]," said McDonogh coach Laddie Levy. "But Zach Myers and Chris Chiu got our only win in doubles and that sort of sling-shotted them to wins in the singles. It was our depth that had to show the way, and it did."

Double matches are scheduled today at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then, tomorrow (9 a.m.), the concluding matches are held, with McDonogh squaring off against DeMatha.

It's conceivable both teams could be 4-0 if DeMatha gets by Deerfield today, and McDonogh would like nothing better. The host school was in a position to force a playoff in last year's tournament when DeMatha played the spoiler and posted an upset.

McDonogh 4, Georgetown Prep 0

Ongkasuwan (M) def. Hesline (G), 6-2, 6-1; Hallock (M) def. Impedugisa (G), 6-2, 6 -2; Jayadeva (M) def. Bradley, 6-0, 6-1; Hallock/Jayadeva (M) def. Cheltkowski/Heslin (G), 8-4; Ottenheimer/Knable (M), def. Bradley-Impeduglia (G), 8-6).

DeMatha 4, Western Reserve 0

Lambert (D) def. Wanders (WR), 6-0, 6-3; Bartolome (D) def. Hsu (WR), 6-1, 6-2; def. Guin (D) def. Stunkel (WR), 6-1, 6-0. Thompson-Lambert (D) def. Yost-Khan (WR), 8-5; C.Rowland-Bartolome (D) def. Wanders-Hsu (WR), 8-3

Deerfield 4, Hill 1

Fuller (H) def. Brown, 6-0, 6-4; Hubbell (D) def. Jacob H), 6-3, 6-3; Lam (D) def. Holt (H), 7-5, 6-0; Lyons (D) def. Bouquard (H), 6-1, 6-4. Brown-Hubbell (D) def. Fuller-Bhatt (H), 8-4; Carter-Lam (D) def. Jacob-Bach (H), 8-1.

McDonogh 4, Deerfield 2

Myers (M) def. Brown (D), 6-0, 6-1; Chiu (M) def. Hubbell (D), 6-2, 6-0; Carter (D ) def. Ottenheimer (M) by default; Jayadeva (M) def. Lam (D), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Ongkasuwan (M) def. Lyons (D), 7-5, 6-0. Carter-Lam (D) def. Hallock-Jayadeva (M), 8-6; Lyons-Weeden (D) def. Ottenheimer-Kneble (M), 9-7.

Western Reserve 4, Hill 0

Wanders (WR) def. Bhatt, 6-3, 6-2; Haile (WR) def. Holt (H), 6-1, 6-1; Hsu (WR) def. Heck (H), 6-4, 6-2. Yost-Hsu (WR) def. Jacob-Bauh (H), 8-1; Rajamotton-Chong (WR) def. Freitas-Kim (H), 8-6.

DeMatha 4, Georgetown Prep 0

Lambert (D) def. Chelikowski (G), 6-1, 6-2; Jones (D) def. Bradley (G), 6-1, 6-1; Bartolomoe (D) def. Cramp (G), 6-0, 6-2. C. Rowland-Bartolome (D) def. Chelikowski- Heslin (G), 8-5; def. Guin-D. Rowland (D), def. Bradley (Impeduglia (G), 8-3.

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