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Carlson and Quickell honored PLAYERS, COACH OF YEAR


Championships were the common denominator for The Baltimore Sun's Players and Coach of the Year in Anne Arundel County.

Meghan Cornwall of Annapolis won her second straight state title, and Arundel's Andrew Carlson was part of a doubles team that took a state championship.

Jay Kimmel of Chesapeake, Boys Co-Players of the Year with Carlson, won the county and region titles. And, Coach of the Year Gerry Quickel guided a pair of his Arundel doubles teams to state championships.

Girls Player of the Year Cornwall truly had a perfect year. She posted a 20-0 record and swept the county, region and state championships for the second straight year.

Cornwall's steady play caused her opponents problems all season as she won 40 of the 41 sets in which she competed.

Her only lost set came in the state semifinals when Kelley Margolis of Pikesville won the second set of their match, 6-0. But Cornwall eventually posted a 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 victory.

Everything went back to normal for Cornwall after that match as she defeated Kelley's sister -- Jamie Margolis of Pikesville -- for the state title, 6-0, 6-1.

The Annapolis junior stretched her winning streak to 45 matches and now boasts two state and region titles plus three county championships. Cornwall finished third in the state as a freshman.

"I think I was better this year," said Cornwall. "I think I improved a lot, [and] I had a lot more patience."

Carlson needed to make some changes this season. The Arundel junior decided to switch to doubles early this season to help his troubled knees.

Carlson said that for a time he felt unsure if he would play at all this season because of the pain in his knees.

By season's end, his knees were fine, but Carlson stayed with doubles. Carlson and partner Florian Jung won all 13 matches, including the county and region crowns, on the way to the state title.

Carlson (4-0 in singles) had won the county and region championships two years ago in doubles and took third in the state, and finished fourth in the state last year in singles -- also taking the county and region titles.

"I just like doubles, it's fun," said Carlson. "We played the best tennis we ever played in [the last set of the state title match]."

Kimmel played good tennis throughout the season. After not playing high school tennis last year, he returned to capture the county and region championships -- as he did two years ago.

Kimmel breezed through the regular season, losing just once (to Carlson) and winning the county championship. The Chesapeake senior went on to take the region title before falling in the first round of the states.

During his three years playing for the Cougars, Kimmel found lots of success in the county. He won the county tournament twice and finished third the other time.

Quickel and Arundel also found loads of success this season. During the regular season, the Wildcats went 11-0 to take that title.

The Wildcats then won the controversial Anne Arundel County tournament championship -- edging Severna Park on a rules interpretation decision -- and went on to take the Region V title.

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