Franklin meets Dulaney challenge

Division streak reaches 34 as top girls lead 7-2 victory

High Schools

Tennis

April 20, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Led by its "Killer B's," Franklin's tennis team defeated Dulaney, 7-2, yesterday to improve its unbeaten streak to 34 against Baltimore County 3A/4A Division foes.

Sophomores Brooke Rogers and Beatrice Grasu swept their matches at No. 1 and 2 girls singles, respectively, to spark another victory for the host Indians (4-0 overall and division) in what was otherwise a fairly even competition with two matches going to tiebreakers.

Rogers, who finished fourth in the state last spring, defeated Elaine Derrer, 6-0, 6-0. In her first match back after foot surgery, Grasu, the defending county champ and state runner-up last spring, beat Carrie Paxton by the same score.

"Having the two girls makes them really strong," said Dulaney coach Sharon Spangenberg. "Without those two, you'd have the other girls moving up and they'd be more at the level of the other girls in the county."

Spangenberg does have one ringer of her own, Chase Dawson, who has a Top 200 national ranking in boys 16's. The sophomore, who won the county title as a freshman, defeated David Abarbanel, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 1 boys singles.

"He's in a different league," said Abarbanel, a senior. "Lefties are always hard, always a different spin than you're used to. He's a great volleyer, he can put away the shots when he's given opportunities and he makes very few unforced errors. No weaknesses, really."

Franklin coach Warren White said his team looks forward to playing the Lions (5-2, 3-1) every season because the matches are so competitive.

"When you go into a match against a Dulaney team that you know has good tennis players and you come away with a win, you feel like you've really earned something," White said.

Other Indians wins came from No. 2 boys singles player Hirsh Goldberg and the doubles teams of Megan Blick and Dewang Shavdia, Lesley Dotson and Amanda Yellon, Matt Bondroff and Dan Markus and Justin Shavoky and Michael Moskowitz.

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