North and South Carroll split in tennis

Panthers girls triumph, but boys fall to Cavaliers


May 02, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Call it a split.

The South Carroll boys tennis team tightened its grip on a county championship with a 4-1 defeat of North Carroll, but the Panthers girls squad upended the county-leading Cavaliers with a 3-2 victory in Hampstead yesterday.

South Carroll -- which improved to 4-1 in the county (6-3 overall and in the Central Maryland Conference) and tied Liberty in the race for the county title -- earned straight-set wins from its top two singles players in sophomore Ben Hamlington and sophomore Aaron Taylor and its No. 2 doubles pairing of juniors Geoff Sanzenbacher and Josh Loar.

But Cavaliers coach Jim Carnes credited his No. 3 doubles junior Brett Pusateri and senior Nick Hamblet with providing an emotional spark in their come-from-behind 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 defeat of North Carroll sophomores Kevin Vogel and David Watson.

Pusateri, who is 9-0 with Hamblet, said the duo decided to attack the net once they were saddled with a 2-0 deficit in the second set.

"They kept driving us back," Pusateri said. "We had to force them to hit short shots so that we could put them away."

The Panthers, who dropped to 2-3 in the county, 7-3 in the conference and 8-3 overall, received their only team point from the top doubles pairing of juniors Matt Lowe and Shawn Czajkowski, who improved to 10-1 by avenging their only loss of the season with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over seniors Peter Hamlington and Beau Brooks.

On the girls side, North Carroll (3-2 in the county, 4-6 in the conference and 5-6 overall) received wins from freshman No. 1 singles player Maria Covell and senior second singles player Heather Easter.

The Panthers' top doubles pair of senior Megan Bradshaw and junior Meredith Niles clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-0 defeat of junior Katherine and freshman Christina Koustenis.

The Cavaliers, who dropped into a first-place tie with North Carroll with their 3-2 county mark (4-5 overall and in the conference), earned team points from their second doubles duo of senior Christy O'Hare and junior Meredith Carr and their No. 3 doubles pairing of senior Sandy McKinnon and freshman Jen Morgeson.

North Carroll coach John Lynam said the difference between a 4-1 loss to South Carroll on April 10 and yesterday's victory was the presence of Easter, who missed the teams' last meeting.

"We didn't have Heather in the lineup, so we had to move people up," Lynam said. "That makes a big difference."


South Carroll 5, No. 13 North Carroll 4: Senior first baseman Gina Arnone's two-out single in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference in the upset in Hampstead.

Cavaliers sophomore center fielder Jamie Janowich led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a bunt single from sophomore shortstop Abby Cannistraci. After Panthers senior pitcher Lisa Tunney induced the next two South Carroll batters into outs, Arnone drilled a 1-2 pitch to center field, scoring Janowich.

South Carroll improved to 4-10 overall and 3-7 in the Central Maryland Conference, but the loss devastated the Panthers (11-4 overall and 7-4 in the conference), who dropped two games behind Westminster in the race for the conference title.

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