Surprising Reservoir at 9-0 in girls tennis

First-year team was 3-12

Centennial boys cruising in tennis, too, rise to 10-0


High Schools

April 22, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

She's not surprised, but a lot of other people are.

Ally Spector, a junior transfer from Glenelg Country School, has helped the Reservoir's girls tennis team to first place just past the midway point of the season.

Spector, ranked No. 12 in Maryland at 16-and-under by the U.S. Tennis Association, is playing her first season for the Gators, who are 9-0 after yesterday's 3-2 victory over Mount Hebron.

A season ago, its first, Reservoir finished 3-12. The school still doesn't have a senior class.

Spector is 8-1 at No. 1 girls singles, having lost only to Glenelg's Julia Facchina, 8-0.

"I've been impressed at how seriously people at Reservoir felt about tennis," Spector said. "We had 30 girls try out for 10 spots. People really want to play and are proud of the team and its success."

Spector can't do it alone, of course. Meredith Ely is the No. 2 singles player, and she's undefeated at 9-0. Ely finished fourth in the county last season.

"It's really awesome for little Reservoir to be beating the powerhouses and reigning champs," Ely said. "Last year, we were at the bottom of the pack, and I really never thought we'd beat River Hill or Glenelg. It's amazing. We're bringing glory to Reservoir."

The Gators' No. 1 doubles team, Angela Tenaglia and Monica Machado, is 8-1 after suffering its first loss yesterday against Mount Hebron, 8-4.

But the No. 3 doubles team, Alley Boris and Stephanie Mitchell, stepped to the rescue against the Vikings by producing an 8-5 victory.

Reservoir has beaten all four of its top competitors, Mount Hebron, Centennial, River Hill and Glenelg, by 3-2 scores.

"When I came here, I knew about Meredith and thought the two of us could win almost all our matches, and that the team would do well if we could come up with good doubles teams," Spector said.

Centennial boys rolling

The Centennial boys tennis team is 10-0 and leading the county behind undefeated freshman Ryan Lissner, who is ranked No. 15 in Maryland by USTA.

He finished fourth out of 128 players in 14-and-under competition at the Easter Bowl in California April 2 to April 9.

Centennial's No. 2 singles player, Chris Hilchey is 9-1. The No. 2 doubles team, Eric Lucas and Tim Aballo, is 10-0, and the No. 3 doubles team, Matt Thomas and William Hong, is 9-1.

"This has been a surprise for me," said Eagles coach Jean Vanderpool. "Coming back for the second half of the season will be hard, though."

Centennial plays preseason favorite River Hill today.

Another Reservoir first

Reservoir's baseball team is celebrating its first baseball victory, an 8-3 triumph over Oakland Mills Tuesday.

Derrick Nason pitched a complete-game four-hitter, and Peter Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Nason was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Chip Hiden was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs.

"It's always nice to get that first win under your belt," said Gators coach Adam Leader. "We've been leading some games and lost some close ones."

Reservoir lost to River Hill 3-1, and to league-leading Centennial, 1-0.

Dupski extends streak

Centennial's Jonathan Dupski threw five scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory against Wilde Lake yesterday, stretching his scoreless streak as a starting pitcher against county competition to 23 innings.

Dupski also had a two-run single during a five-run third inning against Wilde Lake. The No. 15 Eagles, 9-2 overall, remained unbeaten in county play at 8-0.

Dupski, a senior left-hander, was scored on April 15 by Long Reach in a relief role during a 15-14 Eagles win. And he was beaten in a starting role last weekend in New York against North Rockland. He is 4-1 overall.

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