St. Mary's Gaudreau stays perfect: 44-0

Senior's unbeaten career ends with MIAA `B' crown

Tennis

High schools

May 11, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Andrew Gaudreau had trouble sleeping Thursday night, but who wouldn't, knowing that the next day a tennis victory could place you among your school's most elite athletes?

The St. Mary's senior finished off four years of league play with a 44-0 record by defeating Beth Tfiloh's Ben Friedman in straight sets at yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's B Conference individual championships. His 6-4, 6-4 win was his third ever against Friedman, who led 2-1 in the first set and never trailed by more than two games.

"When you're 43-0, it's hard to sleep. That's a lot of pressure," Gaudreau said. "I was nervous and tentative in the beginning, and he made it a lot closer than normal. But it feels great to have finished this off, to finish my career undefeated."

In one of the better A Conference matches, Loyola junior Brian Crook avenged an earlier loss against his off-season hitting partner, sophomore Gary Simonette of Calvert Hall, by taking a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles.

In the A Conference's No. 2 singles, Calvert Hall sophomore Jon Malooly improved to 11-0 against league opponents with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over St. Paul's senior Anthony Hamod.

Crook, Loyola's first tennis champion in the past 20 years according to coach Don Kraft, trailed 4-2 in the final game, which he won on a short angled volley to the deuce court.

"Gary stepped up his game in the third set. It was a miracle I was able to break him so many times," Crook said. "He attacked in the first set and I was defensive. But after taking the second set, I knew I would win. He's a great serve-and-volley guy, but I fought it out."

Malooly took a 6-5 lead in the final set when Hamod double-faulted. Malooly then held serve, winning on a forehand passing shot down the line.

"I didn't want to wait for him to make a mistake, so I went after it," Malooly said.

McDonogh swept both A Conference doubles as No. 1 Corey Chow and Aaron Szabo won, 6-2, 6-0, over Gilman's Peter Ahn and Josh Sweren, and No. 2 Alex Pugatch and Shalin Parikh edged St. Paul's Artur Kalil and Blake West, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Last Friday, McDonogh won its ninth regular-season team title under 13th-year coach Laddie Levy, and its 12th crown in the past 16 seasons with a 3-1 victory over Gilman. Under Levy, 56, the Eagles are 140-7 against MIAA A Conference competition. They are 170-7 in 16 seasons.

Two singles and two doubles B Conference matches will be played later because of scheduling conflicts, said Levy, adding that they could be played Monday.

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