Atholton duo wins mixed doubles title

Healey, Southerland dominate final

Nguyen loses in semifinals

Tennis State championships

May 27, 2007|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Atholton coach Rick Jones said his mixed doubles team of John Healey and Julia Southerland had a "chip on their shoulders" ever since they were seeded fourth in the Howard County championship.

The two used that snub as motivation as they went on to win the county title, a regional title and then capped their undefeated season yesterday with a state championship at the University of Maryland. Healey, a freshman, and Southerland, a sophomore, were the only players from the Baltimore metropolitan area to make it to a championship game in tennis.

Healey and Southerland agreed that their chemistry on the court has been the main force behind this season's dominance. In yesterday's final against Masha Sitnova and Subodh Arora of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Atholton pair dominated for a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

"We are friends, so we knew if we got mad at each other it would never work," Healey said. "We also know each other's game really well, so that also helps."

Several players struggled as temperatures crept close to 100 degrees by the early afternoon.

David Nguyen, the defending state champion and this year's No. 1 seed from Wilde Lake, had been battling a shoulder injury for most of the tournament. Nonetheless, he advanced to the semifinals in boys singles before losing to Daniel Stahl of Walt Whitman, 7-5, 7-6.

Stahl suffered a leg injury in the final and fell to second seed Jared Pinsky of Churchill. Stahl trailed 6-1, 4-1, when he withdrew because of injury.

The girls singles championship consisted of two unseeded players. In the final, Katelyn Stokes of Roosevelt beat Kathryn Schafer of Linganore, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Grace Cheng of River Hill was the No. 2 seed but fell to Schafer in the semifinals, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Churchill's Andrew Marcus and Felix Sun, the top-seeded boys doubles team, captured the championship over Timmy Klanke and Kirby Mayo of Walt Whitman, 6-4, 6-1.

Pikesville's boys doubles team, Andrew Lutz and Justin Lui, had a third-place finish with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jack Reickel and Tim Gower of Walkersville.

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