Bryn Mawr's Wu wins title in straight sets

Champion ousts top seed

Barish takes No. 2 crown

Girls tennis

High schools

October 28, 2004|By Mary Beth Kozak | Mary Beth Kozak,SUN STAFF

After losing to Carly Van Hollen of St. Paul's in the A Conference No. 1 singles finals last year and twice in the regular season this year, Bryn Mawr's Annie Wu entered yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship finals at McDonogh prepared for anything.

Wu, a sophomore, avenged her earlier losses to top-seeded Van Hollen by defeating her, 6-4, 6-4, to capture the title.

"I just didn't think I was going to win today," Wu said. "I came in as the underdog, so she had all the pressure today."

After winning the first set, Wu battled back from two games down to tie the second set at three before serving to a 5-4 lead.

Facing match point, Van Hollen served and hit Wu's return into the net.

"I think she capitalized when Carly got frustrated," said Mawrtians coach Kate Brendler. "She just played smart, and I think she made Carly make good shots to beat her."

Said Van Hollen: "She played really well and played better than me today. It's frustrating when you couldn't make the key shots."

Van Hollen earned All-Metro honors last year as a freshman, and Wu was an All-County/City selection.

"Last year was beautiful when they played in the final," said Gators coach Robin Bosley. "I think we'll see these two women here for the next two years."

The Gators captured the team title by going 12-0 in the season.

Senior Dani Barish won the Gators' only title by defeating Notre Dame Prep's Lindsey Arnold 6-2, 7-5 in the No. 2 singles final.

"Carly had a really tough match, so it was good to get one of the singles titles," Barish said.

Friends swept the B Conference singles titles, with Caroline Capute shutting out Guilianna Kunkel from John Carroll, 6-0, 6-0, for the No. 1 title and Hannah Kaizer winning the No. 2 title against St. Frances' Brittany Henderson, 6-0, 6-3.

The Quakers won the regular-season crown for the B Conference, finishing 8-0.

Glenelg's Cristina Cordova and Taylor Poling upset top-seeded Julia Hess and Dahlia Silberg from Park, 6-2, 6-3, for the B Conference No. 1 doubles title.

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