Roland Park has time for three more titles

Crowley, Romita lead way with wins at IAAM tourney


October 30, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A young Roland Park team finished what it started even if it took an additional four days to complete the final round of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tennis tournament.

The Reds (11-0) entered the tournament as the IAAM A Conference team champion -- awarded at the end of the regular season -- with an unbeaten record, and had four No. 1 seeds in the brackets. Three of those No. 1 seeds were playing for a championship last Friday before rain postponed the matches and forced play indoors.

The crowning moment for Roland Park came yesterday at the Bare Hill Tennis Club with three individual titles.

"I am glad we won the three individual matches because it shows we deserved to win the season championship," said Roland Park first-year coach C.T. Henry.

"They are very experienced. Grade does not mean anything to them," Henry said of his young team. "They played against the best competition the league had to offer."

The Park School (6-0), the IAAM B Conference team champion, won two individual championships and lost one in the final round.

Freshman Sarah Crowley of Roland Park got the Reds rolling as she won the A Conference No. 1 singles title by defeating Garrison Forrest's Katie Ficken, 7-6, 6-1.

"I made sure to keep my concentration," Crowley said. "I have played her before [three weeks ago and won in three sets] so I knew what I was up against. I don't think it [winning] has sunk in yet; it is a bit surprising."

Roland Park's Christine Mathias and Katie Duncan won the No. 1 doubles championship as they defeated Bryn Mawr's Allie Chapey and Christine Dayer, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Roland Park's Krista Romita took down rival Anna Marie Kable of Notre Dame Prep, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, for the No. 2 singles title after restarting their match tied 4-4 in the first set. Romita battled through two match points in the second set to prevail.

"Anna is the only person to beat me since middle school, so I really wanted to beat her," Romita said.

Park senior Allie Sitton beat St. Timothy's Christina Sajovich, 6-4, 7-5, to win the B Conference No. 1 singles title. Sitton took advantage of Sajovich's mistakes in a tight second set to win her first championship.

St. Timothy's Paige Howard and Hollis Hunt defeated Hannah Kaizer and Marra Mallory of Friends, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 for the B Conference No. 1 doubles title.

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