Carroll County

Tennis

March 21, 2001|By Rick Belz

Experience will dictate play throughout Carroll County as all five schools return at least several key tennis players.

South Carroll finished in a tie for the boys county title (12-4 overall) last season and returns No. 1 singles player Ben Hamlington, a junior who finished second in the county. Also a county runner-up was the No. 1 doubles team of Geoff Sanzenbacher and Josh Loar.

The Cavaliers also won the girls county championship. Sara Smith, a junior, will play No. 1 singles. Coach Jim Carnes anticipates strong seasons for both teams again.

Liberty shared the boys county title with South Carroll last season. The Lions return county champion Doug Ferguson as their No. 1 player. The girls team returns seven players.

Francis Scott Key has six of eight boys starters back. Kevin Mastalerz will be No. 1 singles. John Gowen and Greg Brock will be No. 1 doubles.

The Eagles girls team has six seniors and seven returning players who will play prominent roles.

North Carroll will field one of its better boys teams, but might not have enough singles strength to challenge for a title.

Its No. 1 doubles team is Matt Lowe and Shawn Szajkowski, a pair of seniors who are the defending county champions.

The girls team has four players returning, including its No. 1 doubles team of Meredith Niles and Nadia Chaudhry. Sandy Wentzel is the No. 2 singles player. Coach Mike Klingenberg said the team is rebuilding, however.

Westminster has a young boys team with junior Jesse Myers as the No. 1 singles player.

Girls coach Donald Cook graduated eight seniors, yet said that "the cupboard isn't exactly bare." Anne Yust, a senior who went unbeaten in doubles until the region semifinals, is back. Sophomore Merrisa Hollinger is the team's No. 1 singles player, and greatly improved.

Player to watch

Maria Covell(North Carroll, sophomore)

Looks to repeat as county singles champion

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