Adams pushes Centennial past River Hill

Freshman clinches win by beating Davidson, 8-6

Lissner defeats Burtzlaff

Tennis

High Schools

April 23, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Freshman Emily Adams of Centennial high-fived her teammates and let out a whoop while exiting the court following her 8-6 win over Jackie Davidson of visiting River Hill yesterday.

"This calls for some ice cream," she said.

Her No. 1 singles match gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory over a Hawks team that was the preseason favorite to repeat as regular--season and tournament champs.

"I can't remember the last time our girls beat River Hill," said Eagles coach Jean Vanderpool. "Emily Adams showed a lot of maturity with the game on the line, because it all came down to her and she stepped up and did a nice job."

Centennial (9-3) lost to River Hill (7-2) earlier this season, 3-2.

Adams, who had lost to senior captain Davidson earlier this year, 8-4, wasn't about to let that happen again.

"I tried to force her into errors by keeping it on the court and moving her from side to side," Adams said. "The first time I played her I broke a string and didn't have a replacement."

Centennial also won No. 1 doubles with team captains Kara Weintraub and Katie Bernard defeating Michelle Meir and Michelle McCoy, 8-4.

And Centennial's No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Faulkner and Anna Caprizzi edged Centennial's Natalie Ullman and Alison Menke, 8-6.

River Hill's Katie Sheliga defeated Erin Edwards, 8-2, at No. 2 singles. And the Hawks' No. 2 doubles team of Grace Ji and Sandy Chon defeated Kara Tagget and Julie Weintraub, 8-2.

Centennial (11-0) remained undefeated on the boys side with a 3-2 victory over the Hawks (6-3).

The No. 1 singles match drew the most attention for the day and featured Centennial's Ryan Lissner against River Hill's Scott Burtzlaff.

Lissner a freshman ranked No. 15 in the country by the U.S. Tennis Association, was taken to a tiebreaker by Burtzlaff, a sophomore who was 18-3 last season.

Lissner won the match 9-8 in a 7-4 tiebreaker. He had beaten Burtzlaff earlier this year, 8-6.

"He hit a lot of drop shots and was running me around," said Burtzlaff. "He keeps the ball in play and does what he needs to do. It was a fun match."

Lissner said: "I just tried to work the point and wait for him to miss. He made a lot more shots this time around."

Centennial's No. 2 doubles team of Eric Lucas and Tim Aballo (11-0) remained unbeaten by downing Mazahir Thaver and Brandon Dunn, 8-4.

And the No. 3 Eagles doubles team of Matt Thomas and William Hong scored an 8-6 victory over River Hill's Kevin Huber and Reza Azamgab.

River Hill's Trevor Anderson defeated Chris Hilchey at No. 2 singles, 8-2. And Matt Davidson and Trevor Grimshaw of River Hill won No. 1 doubles over Jonny Ai and Greg Lissman.

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