All-metro Tennis

June 07, 2006

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Nguyen

Wilde Lake

The sophomore had a perfect season, going 21-0 to win the Howard County, regional and state titles. Nguyen, who was fourth in the state last year, upset Jared Pinsky (Churchill) in the state semifinals and Chris Goodwin (Rockville) in the state final. They were the top two seeds in the tournament, and Nguyen became the first Wilde Lake individual state champion.

BOYS TEAM

Paul Burgin

Pikesville

Burgin won a Baltimore County title at No. 2 singles and then knocked off Catonsville's Matt McDaniel en route to a regional championship. The freshman, who is the nephew of former pro Elise Burgin, then won a state match.

Ted Kelly

Gilman

The junior joined Gilman's team this year and quickly became on of the area's best players. Kelly won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference No. 1 singles title and was part of a Gilman trio that never lost a match.

Chris Mason

Gilman

Mason won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference No. 2 singles title. The senior was an integral part of a solid Gilman singles lineup that helped the Greyhounds win the conference title.

Justin Lui and Andrew Lutz

Pikesville

They combined to win the Baltimore County and regional titles before finishing third in the state, the highest finish for an area player or team. Both freshmen, they should be two of the area's top players for the next three years.

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jessica Ahn

C. Milton Wright

She repeats as All-Metro Player of the Year after having another outstanding season. The senior won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and regional singles title for a second straight year. Ahn's only loss came in the state semifinals, but she bounced back to win the consolation final and take third place, finishing with a 92-6 career record.

GIRLS TEAM

Lolita Kachay

Pikesville

A freshman, Kachay made an immediate impact at No. 1 singles. She defeated Hereford's Katherine Charchalis to win the county title and went on to take the regional crown.

Ydsia Quintero

Atholton

The sophomore helped lead Atholton's girls to a Howard County team title. Quintero also won the individual county and regional titles, then made it to the state quarterfinals, finishing 19-1.

Annie Wu

Bryn Mawr

Wu won a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship last fall. The junior scored a straight-sets victory over Roland Park's Lindsay Katz for the No. 1 singles title.

Courtney Evans and Callie Gillen

Liberty

Evans, a junior, and Gillen, a senior, captured the Carroll County doubles crown and then won the regionals. In addition, they won a first-round match at the state tournament

Note -- Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jerry Dresner

Pikesville

Dresner lost several key players from last year's team, but the young Panthers rebounded to take seven championships in the Baltimore County tournament, plus four more in the regionals and a third-place finish in the state tournament. Pikesville won the county title for the 39th time in 41 years.

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