Unbeaten C.M. Wright swamps Sev. Park, 7-2

Torres, Ahn dominate boys singles for Mustangs

Tennis

High Schools

April 25, 2003|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The regional whirlwind known as the C. Milton Wright tennis team just went statewide. The Mustangs of Harford County dominated host Severna Park, 7-2, yesterday in a rare match between regional powerhouses.

The victory improved C.M. Wright's record to 12-0 for the season and served notice for next month's state tournament at CCBC-Essex. Severna Park, which lost to Old Mill Wednesday, is 6-3 overall and 5-1 in Anne Arundel County. The Falcons face neighborhood rival Broadneck today in a crucial county match.

"The win was an added bonus for us," said C.M. Wright coach Peter Griffiths, whose team is attempting to win its third straight county title. "The fact that we had some tough two-set matches and a couple of three-set matches is exactly what we wanted. The quality of tennis was better than the typical match we'd find in our county."

C.M. Wright used its one-two punch of singles players Roger Torres and Johnny Ahn. Combined, they lost just two games against their Severna Park foes. Torres, a 6-foot-1 junior with a flashy power game, showed substance, as well. He defeated sophomore Matt Bulkey, 6-0, 6-1.

"He was incredible," said Bulkey. "He's a Class 1 player, no doubt. I thought I played all right, but he was just better. He's more accurate, hits the ball harder and has a better serve."

Torres, who set the tone by winning the first game in four easy points, including two overheads, is 12-0 for the season. The loss dropped Bulkey's record to 7-2.

Equally impressive was Ahn, a senior who handled Conner Chalmers, 6-1, 6-2. Ahn's consistent ground strokes kept Chalmers running and kept the Mustangs unbeaten, one of their goals.

"We weren't sure what to expect because this was a new setting for us," said Ahn. "We knew this was our biggest chance to lose a match all year."

Ahn was the team's No. 1 player before Torres arrived. Griffiths is confident he has Harford County's two best singles players.

A bright spot for the Falcons was junior Allison Daciek, a 5-foot, 100-pounder who won a state title last year in girls doubles. She's proven just as able in singles. She improved her season record to 8-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jessica Ahn. Daciek used a precision game that kept Ahn on the defensive.

"Allison has a great set of hands that really gives her a feel for the ball," said Severna Park coach April Pinder. "She's a true fighter who ... hates to lose."

Both of C.M. Wright's girls doubles teams were victorious, as was Carlie Smith at No. 2 singles. Smith, a left-hander, used a consistent baseline game to defeat a stubborn Lindsay Suller, 6-2, 6-2, in a 65-minute match.

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