2007 All-Metro Tennis Teams
McDonogh senior Andy Peters beat reigning champion Ted Kelly, 6-4, 6-1, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's No. 1 singles championship. (Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / May 30, 2007)
Player of the Year: Andy Peters, McDonogh
Peters, a senior, beat reigning champion Ted Kelly, 6-4, 6-1, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's No. 1 singles championship, avenging two regular-season losses. Kelly jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Peters won 11 of the next 12 games. Peters also reached the finals in the New England/Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament, which featured 16 teams primarily from the East Coast, and had a big early season win over Zach Pine from Flint Hill (Va.) that helped the team finish third at the Woodberry Forest Invitational.
"What distinguishes Andy is a downright unusual competitiveness that makes him stay keyed and fired up in any situation, which usually results in his running down so many balls that opponents think have gone for winners," Eagles coach Laddie Levy said. "He either wears them out or just plain frustrates them. He's a great deal of fun to watch play."
Coach of the Year: Jim Busick, Gilman
Under Busick, the Greyhounds won their second consecutive MIAA championship. The Greyhounds won the MIAA No. 2 and No. 3 singles titles in the tournament. Gilman also won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Over the past two years, Gilman has lost only one MIAA league match. Last year's championship ended a string of 14 straight league titles for McDonogh.
Chris Brown, Liberty
Brown won the Carroll County title for the third straight year. The senior also won the Region VII individual championship with a 6-4, 6-4 win over David Minor of Bel Air. He lost in the state tournament to Centennial's Ryan Lissner, who advanced to the semifinals. "He showed the kids how to work and he grew up emotionally on the court," Liberty coach Bruce Damasio said. "He learned how to control himself in order to be a better tennis player." He will play tennis at Neumann College in Philadelphia.
Zach Gorn, Gilman
Gorn won the MIAA No. 2 singles. The senior is a four-year varsity player whose only career loss came during his freshman season. Gorn also won the No. 2 singles championship during his freshman and sophomore years, but could not compete last season because of an injury. He was undefeated this season with an 11-0 record and will attend the University of Pennsylvania.
John Healey, Atholton
Healey and mixed doubles partner Julia Southerland won the Howard County, regional and state titles. Healey, a freshman, and Southerland, a sophomore, were the only players from the metro area to make it to a championship game in tennis.
John Kelly, Gilman
Kelly, the younger brother of teammate Ted Kelly, won the MIAA No. 3 singles this season. The sophomore finished the year at 12-0 and competed several times in the No. 1 spot. He could take over at the No. 1 role for Gilman next season.
Ted Kelly, Gilman
Kelly finished the season with only one loss, which occurred in the MIAA No. 1 singles championship match against Andy Peters of McDonogh. The senior had beaten Peters twice during the regular season. The championship loss also was the only blemish on Kelly's record over the past two years. He left Gilman for his sophomore season to train at a tennis academy in Florida. He will attend Stanford in the fall.
Ryan Lissner, Centennial
The senior won his third straight Howard County championship, defeating David Nguyen, a sophomore at Wilde Lake who is also one of the top players in the metro area. Lissner fell to Nguyen in the regional championship. Lissner was seeded third in the state tournament, where he advanced to the semifinals. He lost to eventual champion Jared Pinsky of Churchill.
David Nguyen, Wilde Lake
Last year's state champion fell short this year, but still had a solid season. After losing the county championship to Ryan Lissner of Centennial, he avenged that loss by beating Lissner in the regional final. Nguyen was this year's No. 1 seed in the state tournament, but he had a shoulder injury for most of his matches. Nonetheless, the sophomore advanced to the semifinals before losing to Daniel Stahl of Walt Whitman, 7-5, 7-6.
Hayden White, Towson
White finished the regular season undefeated and won the Baltimore County title over defending champion Paul Burgin of Pikesville. The sophomore then went to beat Burgin again for the District VI regional title. He also advanced to the state quarterfinals, where he lost to second-seeded Ryan Lissner of Centennial. White is ranked No. 14 in the Mid-Atlantic region by the United States Tennis Association.
Kevin Zingler, Severna Park
Zingler won the Anne Arundel County championship over Broadneck's Zach Hare. Zingler finished the regular season without losing a set. The senior helped Severna Park finish second to Broadneck for the team county championship. Zingler made it to the second day of the state finals in College Park before falling to Hayden White of Towson.
All-Metro Girls Team
Player of the Year: Annie Wu, Bryn Mawr
Wu captured her third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship with a win over Roland Park sophomore Lindsey Katz, 6-0, 6-1. The two had split their regular-season matches before meeting in the final. Wu, a senior, finished 11-1. She was a No. 1 singles player for four years. "She is a very focused player who gets the job done," Roland Park coach Kate Brendler said.
Coach of the Year: Kate Brendler, Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr captured the IAAM A Conference championship by finishing the regular season with a 12-0 record. It was the third straight conference title for the Mawrtians, who shared the title with Roland Park in 2005. The team also won in 2003. In addition to Wu's singles championship, sophomore Laura Simmons won the No. 2 singles final with a win over Kasey Harvey of Notre Dame Prep, 6-1, 6-1. Claire Gottsch and Maddie Koerber won the No. 3 doubles championship for the second straight year, defeating McDonogh's Carly Billig and Katlyn Mangerie, 6-2,6-2.
Brittany Bolster, Liberty
Bolster has never lost a match in Carroll County league play. The junior won the Region VII singles championship before losing in the state quarterfinals. "She is mostly a baseline player and is evolving like most high school players, who are learning what they can and cannot do," Liberty coach Bruce Damasio said. "She has good court savvy and has great character."
Katie Carlson and Caroline Kable, Notre Dame Prep
Carlson (top), a senior, and Kable (bottom), a junior, were doubles partners for two years at the No. 1 position, compiling a 25-1 record and winning two IAAM tournament championships. "They were great complements for each other," coach Lynn Taylor said. "Katie charging the net, using her height and reach to snag every ball she could. Caroline was a retriever, chasing down anything that got by Katie. Both girls were great to coach, they believed in themselves and tried everything I asked them to do. As tennis players we tend to be individuals, but these girls knew how to be a team." Carlson will attend the University of Richmond.
Alanna Casey, Bel Air
Casey captured the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship after finishing the season 13-1. Casey, who also finished second in Region VII, later fell on the second day of the state tournament to Katherine Charchalis of Hereford. "Her game is very adaptable, and that is why she was able to beat so many players," Bel Air coach Mike Daniel said. "She is able to run a lot of balls down." The senior will attend the University of Delaware in the fall.
Katherine Charchalis, Hereford
Charchalis won the Baltimore County championship by beating defending champion Lolita Kachay of Pikesville. Kachay had previously handed Charchalis her only loss of the season. She also won the District VI regional title. The junior advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Katelyn Stokes of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Grace Cheng, River Hill
The junior won the Howard County championship over Haley Katsman of Marriotts Ridge and finished the regular season undefeated. Cheng then beat Katsman again for the regional championship. She advanced to the state semifinals, where she lost to Kathryn Schafer of Linganore.
Michelle Jordan, Broadneck
Jordan capped another stellar year by capturing her second straight Anne Arundel County championship and then winning a regional championship. The junior also qualified for her third straight state tournament. She also led the Falcons to the county team championship. Jordan lost in the state quarterfinals to River Hill's Grace Cheng.
Lindsay Katz, Roland Park
Katz only had one loss in the regular season -- to Annie Wu of Bryn Mawr. She was seeded No. 1 in the IAAM tournament after eventually splitting the regular-season matchups with Wu. Katz then lost in the finals of that tournament to Wu, 6-0, 6-1. Katz, a sophomore, will be regarded as one of the top returning players in the IAAM next season.
Laura Simmons, Bryn Mawr
Simmons won the IAAM No. 2 singles final and finished the season 12-0. She will be a candidate to replace Annie Wu as Bryn Mawr's No. 1 singles player next season.
Julia Southerland, Atholton
Southerland and her mixed doubles partner John Healey were the only players from the metro area to make it to a championship game in the state tournament. The two ended their season with the state championship after winning the county title and regional title.
Note Teams selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.