Roland Park, Mount de Sales win IAAM tennis championships

Roland Park and Mount de Sales followed the same winning formula on the way to winning Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland tennis championships at McDonogh School Friday evening.

Roland Park came into the tournament after an unbeaten regular season (9-0) and they left with its fourth straight IAAM A Conference crown.

Mount de Sales, who moved to the IAAM B Conference this season, also had a perfect mark (10-0) during the regular season.

The Reds cemented their spot as the A Conference’s finest team by winning four of the five titles awarded during the tournament.

They finished with 19 points, ahead of runner-up McDonogh (12).

The Sailors captured 18 points and held off Glenelg Country School (14).

Senior No. 1 doubles team Hera Koliatsos and Katie Tutrone, of Roland Park, completed a perfect 4-year career in which they never lost a match.

They closed out McDonogh’s Krista Jiranek and Emily Wildermuth in the finals, 6-0, 6-0.

In the semifinals on Thursday, against Severn’s Brigid Finlay and Susan Morrel, they trailed 4-0 in the second set, but rallied to win.

“That was definitely a wakeup call,” Tutrone said.

Roland Park’s No. 3 doubles team of Megan Beto and Rebecca Jun had the toughest championship win as they outlasted McDonogh’s Taylor Hare and Genna Portner, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3 tiebreaker).

Roland Park’s No. 2 doubles Kristin Polk and Briana Cohen defeated Severn’s Veronica Pierce and Briggitta Zeender and No. 2 singles freshman Marissa Class, of Roland Park, defeated McDonogh’s Julie Lazer.

In the No. 1 singles match, Garrison Forest sophomore Hannah Belsinger held off a gallant comeback from Roland Park freshman Julia Potter for a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Potter led 3-0 and 4-2 in the second set before Belsinger, who transferred from Florida before the season, rallied to win.

“We both wanted to win and I knew it wouldn’t be easy after the first set so I just hung in there and waited for some opportunities,” Belsinger said. “She is quite an athlete.”

The team title was the first under new Roland Park head coach Matt Townes, who said they developed as a team.

“They are very talented, but it took them a while to get it together and get it under control,” Townes said.
New Mount de Sales coach Tracey Crawford also had some obstacles in the beginning of the season, but she gave her kids a vote of confidence.

“In the beginning of the year they were down so I told them they were going to come into the tournament seeded and they didn’t believe me,” said Crawford, who watched all four of her top seeds win titles.

That also earned the Sailors their first-ever title since the tennis team joined the IAAM in 2004.
Senior Gabby Cha, who will play lacrosse at Towson University next year, defeated Beth T Filoh’s Carly Greenberg in No. 1 singles.

“We moved down to B (conference) and it was great because it was a great opportunity for me because I got to go out and win it,” said Cha, who joined the tennis team as a sophomore.

All three doubles matches were won by the Sailors as Erin Dignan and Sarah MacLean captured No. 1; Carrie Naylor and Carly Williams won No. 2; and Julia Procopio and Stephanie Wellen won No. 3.

Naylor and Williams had the toughest road, bouncing back against Glenelg Country School’s Erin Cole and Rhea Malviya after losing the first set.

In the No. 2 singles, Glenelg’s Allie Duncan rallied to beat Beth T Filoh’s Tali Vogelstein, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

A Conference
No. 1 singles: Belsinger (GF) def. Potter (RP) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 singles: Class (RP) def. Lazer (McD) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 doubles: Koliatsos/Tutrone (RP) def. Jiranek/Wildermuth (McD), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Polk/Cohen (RP) def. Pierce/Zender (SV) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 doubles: Beto/Jun (RP) def. Hare/Porter (McD) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3 tiebreaker)
B Conference
No. 1 singles: Cha (MDS) def. Greenberg (BTF) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 singles: Duncan (GL) def. Vogelstein (BTF) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 1 doubles: Dignan/MacLean (MDS) def. Barbatunde/Guan (ST), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Naylor/Williams (MDS) def. Cole/Malviya (GL) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 doubles: Procopio/Wellen (MDS) def. Modrow/Reisher (GL) 6-3, 6-2

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