Finishing 14th out of 16 teams in the National High School Tennis All-American Team Invitational in Corona del Mar, Ca. earlier this month was hardly a disappointment to Gilman coach Steve Krulevitz.
In fact, the 2012 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up Greyhounds pulled off a major upset in the tourney when they topped Sacramento's Jesuit High, one of the 11 California teams — and the only one from the state capitol — participating in the event
The 6-2 victory was not the only one the Baltimoreans achieved in the Orange County area. They also walloped Sage Hill School, of Newport Coast, Ca., 11-0.
Gilman tied New York City's Horace Mann School, 4-4, and lost to California power Menlo School, 8-0, and Potomac School, of Virginia, 5-3.
All in all, it was very successful trip for Krulevitz and his troops, who were "more shocked than they were" by the victory over Jesuit.
The No. 1 doubles team of junior Garrett Weinstein and sophomore Cole Sutton helped the Greyhounds to a quick start with a 6-2 triumph before junior Huntington Williams and senior co-captain Andrew Katz prevailed in a 7-6 squeaker.
Senior co-captain Garrett Duncan and sophomore Jordan Brodie completed the doubles' sweep of the Marauders with a 6-0 whitewash.
Weinstein and Duncan also captured singles matches to secure the triumph.
As he watched the matches, Krulevitz asked, "Are we winning? Are you kidding me.?" in astonishment.
"We came out firing," the second-year Gilman head coach and 11-year Association of Tennis Professionals tour veteran said. "Those California teams are pretty darn good. They're just so strong."
By local standards, his squad is pretty good, too. Gilman could be the only roadblock to defending A Conference champ Mount St. Joseph's repeat performance bid in May.
The teams meet March 26.in Roland Park for the first and only time during the regular season.
A win by the Greyhounds would give them plenty of confidence for the season ahead, but it would not insure they would win their first title since 2010.
"I think the kids would like to win the conference, but I'm not sure that's their only focus," Krulevitz said. "They like being part of a team, and having a good high school experience playing tennis is very important to them."