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McDonogh wins single-handedly MIAA TENNIS


In the final Maryland Scholastic Association individual tennis tournament two years ago, McDonogh became the first team to sweep all six titles.

McDonogh repeated the feat last year in the first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament. But the Eagles slumped a bit this year.

They won only five.

Host McDonogh swept the top five singles championships with little trouble in the MIAA A Conference tournament yesterday while Boys' Latin and Friends dominated in the B Conference competition.

McDonogh won each of its five championships without breaking a sweat. The Eagles lost only 14 games while winning the five titles.

"I'll take five out of six," said McDonogh coach Laddie Levy. "I was really pleasantly surprised. They really came out focused, and they really came to play."

Each of the McDonogh champions -- Nick Colvin (No. 1), Ross Cooperman (No. 2), Andy Robbins (No. 3), Kevin Fishkind (No. 4) and Craig Schulman (No. 5) -- also took a title last year. And at No. 6, Ahmad Hajj lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Joey Lee of Gilman.

Colvin won his third individual championship -- second straight at No. 1 -- with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Parajat Didolkar of Gilman. This was Colvin's third victory in three weeks over Didolkar.

Cooperman topped Gilman's Alex Fine, 6-1, 6-2 for his second title. Robbins won his third trophy with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Clayton Apgar of Gilman.

Fishkind blanked Ageti Boto from Gilman, 6-0, 6-0, for his second championship. Schulman came up with his second title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Bryan Poile of Severn.

Lee won the title at No. 6, topping Kevin Clark of Mount St. Joseph, 6-4, 6-3. Doug Sahmel and Skip Joslin of Severn won the doubles crown, 6-4, 6-2, over Andy Grollman and Brian Dietz of St. Joe.

Boys' Latin and Friends became the story of B Conference play. The Lakers put people in each championship match, winning three individual titles plus the doubles round, and Friends won two individual titles.

For Boys' Latin, Kip Edwards won at No. 2 with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over Will Sieck of Friends; Mark Hassan (No. 4) topped Ari Koretzkey of Beth Tfiloh, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, and Mike Riley (No. 5) beat Beth Tfiloh's Jeromy Bob, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Dan Motz (No. 1) and Zach Niman (No. 3) gave Friends its two singles titles. Motz captured his second consecutive championship with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Noah Mumaw of Boys' Latin, and Niman edged another Laker, Todd Cohen, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Rusty Hanna of St. Mary's defeated Chris Owens of Boys' Latin for the No. 6 title, 6-4, 6-0.

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