Gilman's Katz claims No. 1 singles title for MIAA A Conference

McDonogh's Sidney retires because of cramps in third-set tiebreaker

May 15, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

McDonogh's Alex Sidney lay on his stomach near the net, writhing in pain from cramps that attacked both of his legs and rendered them useless. He was playing a tiebreaker in the final set of a championship match and didn't want it to end like this.

Michael Katz of Gilman stood quietly at the net and could barely look at Sidney. The two are close friends who play tennis together frequently, and Katz didn't want the match to end like this either. But Sidney couldn't get up and had to retire, giving Katz the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference No. 1 singles title, 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 (ret.), on Friday at McDonogh.

Sidney entered the match 25-0. The junior had beaten Katz twice and hadn't lost a set all year. But Katz (14-2) didn't celebrate when the chair umpire announced his victory. Instead, the Gilman junior walked slowly around the net, laid down on the ground and quietly gave Sidney a hug.

"It was terrible to see it," Katz said. "It was a great match … [but] I didn't want to beat him like that."

Sidney's troubles began while leading 4-3 in the last set. He stretched out for a shot in the right corner and went down immediately with cramps in his left thigh. The trainer went out and treated him, and Sidney tried to resume playing, but much of his power and quickness was gone.

Sidney somehow won two more games to go up 6-5. But Katz held serve to force the tiebreaker. He went up 2-0 when Sidney went down again with more cramps. He couldn't get back up.

"I was trying to get up and I couldn't," Sidney said. "It was horrible."

Gilman won the A Conference team title last week, edging Mount St. Joseph, but the Gaels won three of the five championships at this tournament.

Jordan Portner beat Gilman's Alec Hoblitzell at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Gaels also won both doubles titles. Matt Bishop and Kevin Gates beat Gilman's Brian Midel and Preston Suan at No. 1, 6-1, 6-4. Colin Crawford and Colin Keenan topped Roshan Patel and Vibav Mouli from McDonogh, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, at No. 2.

Gilman's Galen Rende won the No. 3 singles title, outlasting Tommy Sinnott of McDonogh, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

MIAA Tennis Championships(at McDonogh)

A Conference

Singles

1. Katz (GIL) d. Sidney (MCD), 7-5, 4-6, 6-6 (ret.)

2. Portner (MSJ) d. Hoblitzell (GIL), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

3. Rende (GIL) d. Sinnott (MCD), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

1. Bishop/Gates (MSJ) d. Midel/Suan (GIL), 6-1, 6-4

2. Crawford/Keenan (MSJ) d. Patel/Mouli (MCD), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

B Conference

Singles

1 McFarland (SPA) d. Wright (AACS), 6-3, 6-3

2 Lakluitis (SPA) v. Cheema (IC), rescheduled for Monday

3 Gaj (SPA) d. Depree (AACS), 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)

Doubles

1 Davies/Henault (SPA) d. Tose/Beylo (AACS), 6-2, 6-1

2 Strong/Johnson (SPA) d. Rogers/Garner (AACS), 6-4, 6-1

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