Glenelg girls capture county

Win in last doubles match clinches it

Centennial claims boys' team crown

Howard tennis championships

High Schools

May 11, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

An early morning AP biology exam yesterday drained Glenelg tennis player Sarah Simmons' mental energy.

Saturday's prom deprived her of sleep and depleted her physical energy.

Despite that, she and Alana Marrie rallied repeatedly to win the deciding match of the girls county team tennis championship yesterday, 8-6.

Their No. 3 doubles victory at Wilde Lake Tennis Club propelled Glenelg to its second county girls title in three seasons, 3-2.

"This was stressful," said Simmons. "I'm ready to go home, shower and take a nap."

Simmons and Marrie rallied from 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 deficits.

They joined teammates Julie Facchina (No. 1 singles) and Nicole Boguslaw and Alison Bittner (No. 2 doubles) as victors in yesterday's matches.

Reservoir finished the regular season with a better overall record (14-2) than Glenelg (13-3), but the teams split head-to-head.

"This playoff format was to our benefit," said Glenelg coach Mary Ellen Doyle. "Otherwise we'd have finished second like last year."

A year ago during the regular season, the Gladiators never got a chance to play the first-place team, River Hill, a situation that prompted the new county championship format in which the No. 1 and No. 2 finishers in the regular-season standings compete in a winner-take-all match.

Reservoir coach Ken Klock said his team was disappointed at not winning the school's first county title in any sport. "But we gave them a run for their money."

Meredith Ely won No. 2 singles, 8-0, and Angela Tenaglia and Monica Machado won No. 1 doubles, 8-5, for the Gators.

The Centennial boys team also won the county championship in a thriller over River Hill, 4-1.

The final score was deceptive because all three doubles matches were toss-ups until late.

The Centennial No. 1 doubles team of Greg Lisman and Xemen Xie defeated River Hill's team of Matt Davidson and Trevor Grimshaw for the first time this season, 9-7.

"I don't know how we won that match," said Lisman. "My partner played huge."

Centennial's Eric Lucas and Tim Aballo (No. 2 doubles) and Matt Thomas and William Hong (No. 3 doubles) won their matches, 9-8 and 8-5, respectively.

Centennial was undefeated in the regular season (17-0). River Hill had lost three matches during the regular season.

"Centennial certainly earned the title because they ended up beating the second-place team three times," said River Hill coach Matt Graves.

River Hill's Trevor Anderson won at No. 2 singles, 8-1.

Undefeated Ryan Lissner of Centennial won No. 1 singles, 8-0.

The freshman had a little extra motivation.

"If I didn't win 8-0, I had to buy the team ice cream," he said.

Instead, assistant coach Chris Beil, filling in for Jean Vanderpool, who was attending her daughter's senior-day softball game at River Hill, had to buy the team ice cream.

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