McDonogh nets crown with win over DeMatha


The McDonogh boys tennis team yesterday tested the adage that anything worth having is worth waiting for.

"Amen to that," said Eagles coach Laddie Levy, watching his team celebrate after it had beaten DeMatha, 4-2, at McDonogh, laying claim to its first National Prep Team Tennis Championship in four tries.

"It was not easy," said Levy, "but that's what makes it worthwhile. I'm so proud of the way the kids [Eric Ottenheimer and Steve Knable] playing No. 3 played in getting us that point in doubles. It was tremendous and, better yet, they had fun doing it."

Off to a good and somewhat unexpected start, McDonogh soon found itself in a tie when Jason Lambert thumped Ottenheimer, 6-2, 6-0, in No. 3 singles. The Stags were not going to go easily.

The teams then moved to 2-2 before all eyes switched to the No. 1 showdown between Zach Myers of the Eagles and H'cone Thompson of DeMatha. Forehand and backhand winners were kicking up off lines all over the place before Myers prevailed, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. It was Myers' 27th straight victory this season.

Senior Steve Hallock closed out the match with a tough 7-5, 6-3 win over DeMatha's No. 5, Ricardo Jones.

It was the second year in a row DeMatha went into its final match unbeaten only to bow and lose the title. "But quite frankly," said Stags coach George Thayer, "I'm a little surprised we did this well after losing our No. 1 and No. 2 players from last year. I like our chances again next year with all the freshmen and sophomores we have."

McDonogh loses the top of its lineup, Myers and Chris Chiu, and also leaving is the reliable August Ongkasuwan, a player Levy has come to rely on over the last four years.

"He's special," said Levy, who showed his feelings by handing over the coach's trophy to the senior. "He played No. 4 last year, but got moved back to No. 6 this season and he never complained. He just did his job and picked up a lot of big points all season."

McDonogh 4, DeMatha 2

Myers (M) def. Thompson (D), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; Chiu (M) def. C. Rowland (D), 6-3, 7-5; Lambert (D) def. Ottenheimer (M), 6-2, 6-0; Roy (D) def. Jayadeva (M), 6-4, 6-3; Hallock (M) def. Jones (D), 7-5, 6-3. Chiu-Myers (M) def. Thompson-Lambert (D), 8-0; C.Rowland-Bartolome (D) def. Hallock-Jayadeva (M), 8-5; Ottenheimer-Knable (M) def. Jones-Bartolome (D), 8-6.

Western Reserve 4, Deerfield 2

Crane (WR) def. Hubbell (D), 6-4, 6-3; Khan (WR) def. Carter (D), 6-3, 6-0; Lam (D) def. Wanders (WR), 6-2, 6-3; Weeden (D) def. Haile (WR), 7-6, 6-2; Hsu (WR) def. Lyons (D), 7-5, 7-5. Yost-Crane (WR) def. Lam-Carter (D), 8-4; Rajamohan-Chang (WR) def. Lyons-Weeden (D), 8-5; Brown-Hubbell (D) def. Kahn-Wanders (WR), 8-2.

Georgetown Prep 4, Hill School 0

Jaysingh (G) def. Fuller (H), 6-1, 6-2; Cravedi (G) def. Jacob (H), 6-0, 6-0; Chelikowsky (G) def. Bhatt, 6-1, 6-0. Jaysingh-Heslin (G) def. Fuller-Bhatt (H), 8-1; Chelikowsky-Bradley (G) def. Freitas-Kim, 8-0.

Final standings: 1. McDonogh, 5-0; 2. DeMatha, 4-1; 3. Western Reserve, 3-2; 4. Deerfield, 2-3; 5. Georgetown Prep, 1-4; Hill, 0-5.

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