Cardinals' Atas wins singles title

Calvert Hall sophomore rolls in MIAA A tourney


May 18, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A gigantic first serve for starters with a complete game behind it, Calvert Hall sophomore Joey Atas was overwhelming yesterday - again.

Atas, the 2000 Baltimore City/County Player of the Year as a freshman, was the dominant figure in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference tournament, winning his second straight No. 1 singles title with a sound 6-3, 6-1 win over Gilman junior Justin Rofel at Greenspring Racquet Club.

Yesterday afternoon's drizzle at McDonogh sent the tournament final indoors, but it didn't matter much to Atas.

Holding serve throughout the match and getting the necessary breaks on Rofel's serve, Atas survived a tough opening set, then rolled in the second set after rallying from a love-30 deficit in its opening game.

"I wanted to make sure I made my first serves, keep my volleys solid and also keep my returns solid," said Atas, who has not lost a high school match in his two seasons.

"I play against Justin a lot and knew I had to play my game - don't go for too much and just be consistent out there."

Rofel said there was little margin for error all afternoon. He had an opening in the first game of the second set when he won the first two points with Atas serving, but the latter came back to get it to deuce before taking the 1-0 lead with consecutive aces.

"He's incredible - just a great competitor," said Rofel, who is 8-3 in his first season at No. 1 singles. "He serves so well, it puts a lot of pressure on you to hold your serve."

A strong first serve also was what Calvert Hall's Gary Simonette counted on to claim the No. 2 singles title - a 6-0, 6-2 win over St. Paul's J.B. Wogen.

Gilman swept the doubles.

More consistent play led Peter Alm and Ama Narang to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Loyola's team of Brian Nettles and Andrew Petrick at No. 1 doubles.

A tighter No. 2 doubles final had Gilman's Art Aglubat and Mike Diamond getting past McDonogh's Adil Mumtaz and Aaron Szabo, 6-4, 7-5.

At No. 3 singles, McDonogh's Amdi Nze outlasted Gilman's Rohit Rao in three sets of steady baseline play, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

B Conference

St. Mary's Andrew Gaudreau counted on a big serve and strong forehand to come away with the No. 1 singles crown, ousting Beth Tfiloh's Ben Friedman, 6-1, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles title went to Severn's Ben Michelman and Julia Shechter, who teamed for a 6-0, 7-5 win over Dan Gerstenblith and Gil Koretsky of Beth Tfiloh.

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