12 titles in row for Pikesville



The Pikesville tennis team kept its Baltimore County championship streak alive yesterday, capturing its 12th straight title and 39th in the past 41 years in the annual tournament at CCBC-Catonsville.

The River Hill boys and Atholton girls also had a championship day in Howard County. River Hill knocked off unbeaten Centennial to capture the boys title while Atholton topped River Hill's girls at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.

Pikesville won championships in seven of the nine divisions and took second in another. The Panthers finished with 58 points, easily outdistancing Dulaney (30).

"I'm thrilled as this is the best we've done since I've been coaching," said coach Jerry Dresner, now in his eighth year. "They just played great."

Paul Burgin outlasted Towson's Aaron Nustafa, 6-2, 7-5, to win the No. 2 singles title. Freshmen Justin Lui and Andrew Lutz won the final three games of the No. 1 doubles final to pull out a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Dulaney's Jonathan Ko and Adam Tsao.

At No. 2 doubles, Munaf Kachwala and Michael Soforenko scored a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dulaney's Dan LaHatte and Miles Blauvelt. Stacy Siegel and Yelizar Rozenberg topped the Towson team of Stephanie Sarbanes and Coleman Bass, 6-2, 6-4, in mixed doubles.

Lolita Kachay won at No. 1 singles for Pikesville, topping Hereford's Katherine Charchalis, 6-4, 6-3. The doubles team of Natalie Bernier and Sarah Kahn topped Dulaney's Krista Babyak and Courtney McShane, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-1, for the No. 1 championship.

Erin Geller and Meher Kachwala took the No. 2 girls doubles title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over the Towson duo of Devon Lewis and Hilary Szpara. Paul Petrov took second at No. 1 boys singles, as Catonsville's Matt McDaniel repeated as champion with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

The No. 2 girls singles championship went to Dulaney's Erica Heilbrunn, 6-3, 6-3 over Perry Hall's Michelle Cho.

In Howard County, the River Hill boys scored a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Centennial. The Hawks got wins from Scott Burtzlaff and the teams of Garrett Humphries/ Matt Davidson and Victor Limpawuchara/Akshay Raju.

The Atholton girls scored a 4-1 victory over River Hill, their first championship in at least 11 years. Ydsia Quintero won at No. 1 singles and the Raiders got doubles victories from the teams of Grace Chon/Morgan Miller, Carlina Cheung/Ana Farb and Katherine Davis/Julia Southerland.

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