Sev. Park captures county's team title

Falcons Johnson, Suller win

Broadneck is second

Tennis

High schools

May 11, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Three was the magic number for the Severna Park tennis team.

All three finalists the Falcons placed in the Anne Arundel County Tournament proved victorious - including seniors Susan Johnson and Lindsay Suller each claiming their third straight tournament crown - to help Severna Park win the team title at Chesapeake High in Pasadena yesterday.

The Falcons scored 41 points in capturing their third straight county championship since April Quigley became coach in 2000. Broadneck was second with 32 points.

"It's been a lot of fun, and each year has been different," Quigley said. "This year, we won it as a team. Every point came from everybody fighting out there on the court."

Suller, who won two county titles and a state crown with former teammate Jamie deGraffenreid, captured her third with sophomore Allison Daciek.

"It's huge, especially considering it was so close," Suller said of the 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Broadneck seniors Kristen Kibler and Holly Schaefer. "We feel like we earned it today."

Johnson, who routed senior teammate Robin Koethcke, 6-0, 6-1, also is seeking her third consecutive regional championship.

"It gives me a lot of confidence going into it," she said. "It's a good way to make it into the next tournament."

The Falcons' third crown came from senior Filip Klarsten, who defeated South River senior Ricardo Jones, 6-2, 6-1, by attacking his backhand.

"He slices on his backhand all the time," said Klarsten, a transfer from Sweden. "I tried to keep everything loose and keep hitting the ball to his backhand."

Although the Bruins came in second, they boasted a county champion in their boys doubles team of senior Todd Basile and junior Blake Foster.

The pair avenged a regular-season, straight-sets loss to Northeast juniors Ryan Kemp and Nathan Uncapher by winning 6-3, 7-5 yesterday.

"We took the net," said Basile, who has played with Foster for three years. "That's what they did to us last time. We decided to do it to them this time."

South River placed third with 22 points courtesy of a mixed doubles title from seniors Sara Peach and Andrew King, who knocked off Broadneck seniors Elizabeth McNichols and Pat Flavin, 7-5, 6-1.

"Ever since my freshman year, I have dreamed about this," said King, who, with Peach, - has not dropped a set this season. "I didn't think we could do it until I had that volley on match point."

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