St. Paul's Van Hollen rules IAAM singles

In an all-freshman final, B. Mawr's Annie Wu is 2nd

Tennis

High Schools

October 25, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Only a few critical points separated St. Paul's Carly Van Hollen and Bryn Mawr's Annie Wu when the two freshmen split their regular-season tennis matches, so Van Hollen figured the key to yesterday's season finale was pretty basic.

"She's really consistent, and I had to be consistent back and still stay offensive," said Van Hollen.

Van Hollen served well, hit key winners and recovered from a first-set lapse to beat Wu, 6-3, 6-3, for the A Conference No. 1 singles title at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship finals yesterday at McDonogh.

The only breakdown in her game came after taking a 3-0 lead in the first set. On the longest rally to that point, Van Hollen hit a shot long to bring Wu within 3-1. Wu won the next two games to tie at 3-3 before Van Hollen broke Wu's serve twice in reeling off the final three games.

Wu also rallied in the second set to pull within 4-3 on a nice drop-shot winner, but Van Hollen answered with a love game on Wu's serve, giving her the chance to serve for the match. On match point, Van Hollen put together a strategic gem, moving Wu around and then hitting a winner down the line to end the longest rally of the match.

"They're very close," said St. Paul's coach Robin Bosley of the two baseliners who had lost only to each other during the regular season. "Every time they've played, it just came down to a few shots in all the games, but Carly was able to keep her head in the game and stay focused today."

The Mawrtians won the team title by sweeping all 12 regular-season matches, but they went 0-for-4 in championship matches yesterday.

Danielle Barish and Lyssa Cleary of St. Paul's beat the Mawrtians' Anna Wu and Adah Berkovich, 6-4, 6-3, for the No. 1 doubles title. McDonogh's Jamie Blume and Mandy Goodman defeated the Mawrtians' Sarah Eisman and Christine Dayne, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles. Roland Park's Katie Duncan won the No. 2 singles title by default over Bryn Mawr's Allie Chaffey.

At No. 3 doubles, Garrison Forest's Ryan Hill and Caitlin Carlberg beat Notre Dame Prep's Katie Carlson and Becky Mattack, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

In the B Conference, team champ Friends, which went 8-0, won both the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles titles. Freshman Eva Trust finished the season unbeaten by topping Park's Allison Gross, 6-1, 6-2. Hannah Kaizer and Tanvi Trivedi beat St. Timothy's Akeeba Maze and Amy Morrison, 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 2 singles, Glenelg Country's Mary Kelley defeated Friends' Lindsay Repka, 6-4, 6-4. St. Timothy's won both remaining doubles matches - Carly Brown and Alexa White at No. 2 and Alexis Fisher and Minami Yashimura at No. 3.

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