2004 All-Metro Tennis Team
Gary Simonette, Calvert Hall (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / June 4, 2004)
For the past four seasons, Simonette's reputation has been that he's a good player with a lot of potential. This year, he finally realized it. The senior missed half of the year with a back injury, but came back at just the right time to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference title.
Simonette beat the tournament's No. 2 seed in Gilman's Chris Mason, the fourth best player in Mount St. Joseph's George Martin and the top seed and 2003 All-Metro Player of the Year in McDonogh's Mark Gober to win the title. His only regular-season loss came to Gober in the match in which he was injured.
He will attend Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., next year and play tennis.
Girls Player of the Year: Julia Facchina, Glenelg
After playing much of her career in the shadow of teammate Marianne Baker, Facchina made her own mark on local tennis this year. The senior was 14-0 and led the Gladiators to the Howard County girls championship. She was undefeated in her four years within Howard County.
She defeated Reservoir's Ally Spector, 6-0, 6-1, to win the county title, then followed that up a week later with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Whitney Ambush of Eleanor Roosevelt for the regional title.
At the state tournament, Facchina defeated fellow All-Metro selection Allison Daciek in the quarterfinals, then went on to defeat Region 1 champion Tanya Gulnick of Thomas Johnson in the semifinals. She had a brief lead over Winston Churchill's Maggie MacKeever in the state championship, before falling, 7-5, 6-4. She finished her senior year with a 22-1 record. She will attend Virginia Tech next season.
Coach of the Year: Laddie Levy, McDonogh
Levy led his McDonogh team to a 10-0 record and the MIAA A Conference title this year. It was the first time the school has had an undefeated season since 1991, which was Levy's first as the Eagles' coach. This year's title was his 10th in 15 seasons. His overall record at McDonogh is 149-8.
Allison Daciek, Severna Park
A returnee to the All-Metro team for the second straight year, Daciek led the Falcons to a first-place finish in Anne Arundel County this year. She compiled a 13-0 record in county matches, losing only four games the entire season along the way. She defeated Old Mill's Christine Aggabao for both the county and the regional championships, defending both of the titles that she won last season. She advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing to Facchina. Her season record was 21-1. She will attend Washington College next year and play tennis.
David Jackson, Liberty
A new arrival to the metro area, Jackson attended high school in Germany last season. He wasted little time establishing himself in Carroll County, though. The senior compiled a 14-0 record in the county, defeating Marcos Campos of Westminster for the title. In the Region 1 tournament, he finished second to Urbana's Chris Meyer and earned a trip to the state tournament. There, he won his first-round match before losing to Centennial's Ryan Lissner in the quarterfinals. His 22-4 record ranks among Carroll County's all-time best. He will attend UMBC next season and play tennis.
Mark Gober, McDonogh
Gober will leave tennis powerhouse McDonogh as one of its best players. After being named The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last season, Gober followed the accomplishment with a second-place finish in the MIAA A Conference. He led McDonogh to a 10-0 team record and the A Conference championship. He will attend Princeton next season and play tennis.
Ryan Lissner, Centennial
Lissner arrived on the scene in a big way this season. The freshman won the Howard County and Region 3 championships, going undefeated along the way. He advanced all the way to the state final, where he lost to fellow freshman Jared Pinsky of Winston Churchill in the championship, 6-4, 6-4. He was 28-1 this season.
Ashley Harvey, Catonsville
Everything came together on the tennis court for Harvey this year. The junior won her first Baltimore County and first Region 6 championship in dominating fashion. She advanced to the state semifinal, where she lost in three sets to eventual state champion Maggie MacKeever from Churchill. She compiled an 18-1 record on the season.
Carlie Smith, C. Milton Wright
This senior owned Harford County girls tennis this year, compiling a 22-1 record and an 81-8 record overall. She leaves the Mustangs with two county and two regional championships. She advanced to the second round of the state tournament before losing to eventual state champion MacKeever. She will play tennis at the University of Pittsburgh next year.
Roger Torres, C. Milton Wright
Much like Smith has dominated Harford County girls play, Torres has dominated the boys. The junior is a three-time county and regional champion and compiled a 19-1 record this season. His only loss was to Daniel Barnas of La Plata in the state quarterfinals.
Carly Van Hollen, St. Paul's
Even though she played on a young rebuilding team, Van Hollen took advantage of her strong power game to win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship. In doing so, she beat Bryn Mawr's Annie Wu, an All-Baltimore City/County team player whom she split with in the regular season. The freshman was 10-1.