Wu grabs singles crown, spurs Bryn Mawr to title

Girls tennis

October 27, 2006|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

After four years of anchoring the Bryn Mawr tennis team, Annie Wu ended her career yesterday in outstanding fashion.

Wu captured her third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship at McDonogh with a win over Roland Park Country School sophomore Lindsay Katz, 6-0, 6-1. The two have similar styles of play, hanging back on the court, methodically returning each service, and waiting for their opponent to make a mistake. Yesterday, Wu never did.

It was a rubber match between two of the area's top players as Wu and Katz split their matches in the regular season. They met in 2005, as well, in the championship, where Wu also beat Katz in straight sets for the title. For Wu, the win was a fitting ending to her exceptional career as a Mawrtian, where she played on varsity as a freshman.

"After beating her the second time, I felt really comfortable playing with her," said Wu, who is considering several Ivy League schools next year. "I prepared a lot for it. [The championship] is always a challenge."

Wu's win marked a good day for Bryn Mawr, which captured the IAAM A Conference championship by finishing the regular season with a 10-0 record. It was also the second straight conference title for the Mawrtians, who shared the title with Roland Park in 2005.

Sophomore Laura Simmons won the No. 2 singles final with a win over Kasey Harvey of Notre Dame Prep, 6-1, 6-1. And Claire Gottsch and Maddie Koerber won the No. 3 doubles championship over Carly Billig and Katlyn Mangerie, 6-2, 6-2.

"It was a huge day," Bryn Mawr coach Kate Brendler said. "Everybody stepped up. Annie definitely dominated. She wanted this match. It was a great way to go out for us. We feel pretty good."

NDP also had a big day in the doubles competition, as Katie Carlson and Caroline Kable won the No. 1 doubles championship over Eleanor Demuth and Haley Milbourn of Roland Park, 6-3, 6-4.

"It was a big win, but they beat everybody during the regular season," NDP coach Lynn Taylor said.

NDP also won the No. 2 doubles championship as Katie Hershner and Erin Laschinger beat Jenna Feldman and Caroline Pierson of Bryn Mawr, 6-3, 6-4.

In the B Conference, Caroline Capute of Friends captured the singles championship with a win over Glenelg Country's Alex Hossick, 6-2, 6-2. In the doubles championship, Alex Hittman and Mary Kelley of Glenelg Country beat Petra Bondra and Sam Goldman of Severn, 6-3, 6-4. Brittany Henderson of Glenelg Country won the No. 2 singles over Katie Dickerson of Severn, 6-3, 6-2. Casey Davis and Michelle Ventura of Severn won the No. 2 doubles title over Maddie Macks and Tess Shiras of Park, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

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