Friedman keeps title in family

Freshman is girls winner after 2-time champ sister

Brunetti gets 3rd straight

Baltimore City tennis championships

High Schools

May 11, 2004|By Brendan Glaccum | Brendan Glaccum,SUN STAFF

It might not have been the ideal finish for City freshman Lily Friedman, but she captured the Baltimore City girls tennis championship anyway at Druid Hill Park yesterday.

Friedman defeated Western's Stephanie Peels in the final when Peels retired while trailing 5-2 in the first set because of heat exhaustion. By winning the title, Friedman picked up where her two-time city champion sister, Anna, left off.

"It's been a long season," said Lily Friedman, who won two matches Wednesday and one Thursday to advance to the championship. "I'm happy the way it turned out."

Poly junior Luciano Brunetti won the boys singles title for the third straight year, defeating City's Lorne Francis, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Western's Sydney Logan and Kendra Huggins topped fellow Doves Nia Figueroa and Ebony Beverly, 6-1, 6-3, to win the girls doubles title.

Antoine Jackson and Cornell Young of Edmondson beat James Pierce and Antonio Wilson of Mervo, 6-2, 6-0, for the boys doubles championship in a match completed Thursday.

Anna Friedman, a member of City's International Baccalaureate program, opted not to defend her title so she could prepare for a series of exams. The decision opened the door for her younger sister, who improved to 13-0.

"It was a tough decision," said Anna Friedman, a senior. "There was a week I kept going back and forth. Sunday I have to take six hours of exams. When I realized that even if I played in the city championship I wouldn't realistically be able to play in the regions, I decided I should focus on my academics. Lily was a factor. If she hadn't been around to win it for the school, maybe I would have played."

The top four in each event advanced to the region tournament, which starts at 3 this afternoon. The region consists of competitors from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, which completed its county tournament five days ago.

The region championship will be a two-day event, with play at Druid Hill Park today and at Severna Park tomorrow. The city championships were scheduled to wrap up Friday, but weather forced the postponement of most matches until yesterday. The delay means some city players will have to play three straight days in high temperatures if they advance in the region championship.

Southwestern coach Arlene Scott said she did not think it would be much of a problem as long as players eat well and stay hydrated. Temperatures in Baltimore and Severna Park are expected to be in the mid- to upper 80s today and tomorrow.

Yesterday the high approached 90 degrees. Peels, who advanced to the region tournament with her second-place city finish, said she began to feel dizzy and nauseous in the third game against Friedman, but toughed it out for four more games.

She sat in the shaded area with a towel over her head for more than an hour after defaulting, but was noticeably better by the time the championships concluded.

"I think I'll be ready [for the region tournament]," Peels said. "All I have to do is make sure to drink a lot of water."

Moshin Ashraf and Seul Lee of Southwestern beat Ellen Perkins and Andrew Young of Poly, 6-2, 6-3, to win the mixed doubles title.

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