Anne Arundel Community College's men's tennis team is 3-1 going into today's match at Prince George's, but coach Joe Hayes doesn't worry much about regular-season records, no matter how good they are.
It's the Region XX Tournament, on Oct. 30, that counts.
"These two months are to get ready for the regions," he said.
Anne Arundel is strongest in doubles competition, "and I'm a stronger doubles coach," Hayes said. "I stress doing well there because if you sweep, you only need two more points to win."
Anne Arundel's No. 1 doubles team consists of Lueno Lippe and Brian Schultz. Lippe is from Europe, and Schultz is an Oklahoma native.
The No. 2 team is made up of Severna Park graduate Joe Laidley and Richard Wright. No. 3 consists of Southern grad Ben Fransen and Tim Reaney of Canada.
Lippe is 2-2 at No. 1 singles. Laidley and Wright are 2-2 at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Schultz and Fransen are 3-1 at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. Brian Enders, from Virginia, is 1-1 at No. 6.
Anne Arundel's only loss this year came against Charles on Sept. 28. "We got crushed big-time," Hayes said.
Not that Hayes was particularly bothered by the result. After all, it's the region tournament that counts.
Anne Arundel fell below .500 with Tuesday night's 7-0 loss to Montgomery-Rockville, and coach Ken Wolf summed up the game succinctly.
"We got ripped," he said.
That wasn't the case on Saturday, as the Pioneers' up-and-down
Goals from Old Mill graduate Pat Crawford and Arundel grad Anthony Fiaschetti and 12 saves from Joe Vogel of Mount St. Joseph led the Pioneers past Essex, 2-0.
Still hampered by injuries, Anne Arundel lost to Catonsville, 1-0, on Friday and to Farmingdale, 4-0, on Saturday.
The Pioneers (4-7 going into yesterday's game at Dundalk) had 10 players available for Farmingdale, and one of them left with an injury at halftime. "They were a bit stronger than us anyway," said coach Jim Shuck.
Anne Arundel had two outstanding performances, and two key injuries, at last weekend's invitational at Frostburg State.
Lynn Kurchock of Broadneck placed 20th out of 100 runners with a time of 21 minutes, 18 seconds. Dave Oster, a Colorado native, ran a time of 31:30.
Now the bad news. Craig McKenzie has a sprained ankle, and Bobby Downs -- an Arundel graduate and the team's top male runner -- is ailing with shin splints.
Anne Arundel upped its overall record to 13-2 (9-2 in JuCo) with an impressive showing in last weekend's Catonsville Tournament.
The Pioneers, coached by Bee Manley and Betty Hession, swept Montgomery-Rockville, 15-3, 15-6, Garrett, 15-10, 15-6, and Essex, 15-2, 15-6. They reached the semifinals before losing to Frederick, 15-12, 7-15, 15-12.
Queen Anne's graduate Penni Woolford had 30 kills, five aces and eight blocks. Severna Park's Lori Sharpless had 20 kills, nine aces and two blocks. Her twin sister, Suzi, had seven kills, six aces, 12 digs and two blocks.