McDonogh sinks Gilman, 4-1

Tennis

High Schools

April 21, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The McDonogh tennis team used its depth to get some revenge yesterday against archrival Gilman.

After losing to the Greyhounds in last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title match, McDonogh answered with a solid all-around performance en route to a 4-1 victory over visiting Gilman (7-2, 7-1).

McDonogh (8-0, 6-0) beat the Greyhounds in a regular-season match last year before Gilman bounced back for a win when the teams met in the title match. It's something the Eagles remembered almost one year later.

"We really wanted to come out and take it to them," said McDonogh's Mark Gober. "It was a good motivator for us."

The Eagles got straight-set victories from Gober and Andy Peters in singles. In doubles, Corey Chow and Matt Ford won for McDonogh and the Joel Posner-Austin Brodie duo did the same thing - both wins also in straight sets.

Gober improved to 14-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Gilman's Chris Mason at No. 1 singles.

McDonogh coach Laddie Levy said Gober's consistent play at No. 1 gives his team a strong combination.

"We have a No. 1, and that No. 1 is undefeated locally, and we have the depth with it," Levy said. "That depth is wonderful to have."

Peters needed only 45 minutes for an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gilman's Michael Eisenstein at No. 3 singles.

The Eagles swept the two doubles matches, as the Chow-Ford duo beat Gilman seniors Josh Sweren and Alex Cole, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1. Posner and Brodie battled to pull out a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory.

Gilman's victory came when Zack Goran scored a 6-3, 6-3 victory over McDonogh's Shalain Parilch at No. 2 singles. The Greyhounds couldn't find answers for the Eagles' talent.

"They have a lot of talent at the top and a lot of depth at the bottom," Gilman coach Jim Busick said. "It makes for a tough combination."

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