Kimmel reaches his goal Tennis


After reaching the District V tennis tournament in a stellar freshman season, Chesapeake's Jay Kimmel made it a priority to reach the next step, qualifying for the state tournament.

"I went to the state finals last year just to watch, but making the states [this year] is very exciting. It should be an interesting tournament," said the top-seeded sophomore, who won this year's district boys singles crown by beating unseeded county rival Ben Rawitt of Severna Park, 6-4, 6-1.

Kimmel, who defeated Rawitt, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of last week's county tournament, took control in the first set with the score 4-4, winning seven consecutive games to take a 5-0 lead in the second set.

Kimmel and Rawitt will represent the district in the state tournament at Essex Community College on Friday and Saturday.

Arundel's unseeded Greg McGuffin placed third, earning an alternate spot in the state tournament by beating Howard High's Sam Booker. Booker defaulted the match with McGuffin up 5-2.

The Wildcats' third-seeded Jason Kessleman and Andrew Carlson sewed up a state berth by trimming top-seeded Howard County champions Dave Allocco and Brett Bunch of Centennial, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, in boys doubles.

Annapolis freshman Meghan Cornwall, the county girls singles champ, lost the first match of her high school career to Howard County titlist Becky Knouse of Centennial, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).

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