Polla leaves tennis foes frustrated


At Washington College, he is known as a tennis phenom, and no wonder.

Junior Damian Polla continues to dominate Division III foes, recently winning five singles matches in straight sets at the South Atlantic Regional Rolex Intercollegiate Championships at Washington and Lee University.

No opposing player was able to win more than three games from the native of Argentina.

It was business as usual for Polla, the defending NCAA Division III singles champion and Rolex Player of the Year. He advanced to next week's Rolex National Small College tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., with a chance to qualify for the national intercollegiate indoor championships in Dallas.

He didn't shine in singles competition alone at Washington and Lee. He also teamed with senior Michael Kember of New Zealand to win the doubles title.

Last spring, Polla defeated teammate Robin Sander of Germany for the NCAA Division III singles title. Sander was the defending singles champion and Rolex Division III Player of the Year.

Washington's women's doubles team of Anabel Flores and Paulina Sierra Samano, both of Mexico, also will compete in Boca Raton after winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rolex Intercollegiate Championships at Swarthmore College. Teammates Kim Prettyman and Vicky Roth were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Sisk No. 1 with Rays

Pitcher Adam Sisk, the first player signed by the major-league expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is a student at Essex Community College. He was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Diego Padres last year after going 24-2 at Riverdale Baptist, but chose to attend Edison CC in Fort Myers, Fla., where he developed tendinitis in his right elbow and made just two appearances.

Sisk, 19, left Edison and was going to play at Essex until being contacted by Tampa Bay scout Mark McKnight in August. The Devil Rays don't join the majors until 1998, but he will report to their Single-A team in Butte, Montana, in June.

"I didn't think that being the first one was that big of a deal, but down there [Tampa] it really is," he said.


Elizabeth Efron's six aces against Clemson tied a University of Maryland volleyball record. . . . Western Maryland tied a school field hockey record by winning its fifth straight game Thursday, 2-1, over Elizabethtown. . . . Salisbury senior quarterback David Doy (Howard) was named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic

Conference's South Region Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after going 18 of 24 for 215 yards and one touchdown in a 21-6 win over Chowan. . . . Salisbury senior strong safety Tim Jones tied a school record with three interceptions against Chowan, including a 38-yard return for a touchdown. . . . UMBC's men's soccer team has gone 7-0 when Teddy Lawler has scored, and 0-5 when he hasn't. . . .

Junior middle hitter Dana Eberly began the week needing three blocks to move into second place on UMBC's all-time list, ahead of two-time Big South MVP Kelly O'Brien. . . . UMBC's golf team, led by Paul Wills (75), John Farrell (79), Ian Hume (79) and Ben Ricker (80), took second in the ECAC Southern Region Tournament in Carlisle, Pa. . . . Essex CC garnered its highest ranking in school history when the women's cross country team was voted second in the NJCAA coaches poll in Division II behind Danville Community College (Illinois). . . .

Loyola junior Brandon Luckett shot a two-day 148 to place third ** at the St. John's McLaughlin Golf Championships and help the Greyhounds finish ninth among 24 teams. . . . Towson State senior Courtney McClelland ranks second in field hockey assists in the North Atlantic Conference with six in 10 games, and has 14 in her career, two short of the school record held by junior Ashlee Douglas. . . . Navy's water polo team (14-7) swept the UMass Minutemen Invitational, winning all four games, including a 7-6 upset of No. 12 UMass. . . .

The women's soccer team at Johns Hopkins won its record fifth game last week, 2-1, over Franklin & Marshall, with freshman Nina Creedman netting the tie-breaking goal. . . . Senior Lori Leonard leads Hopkins in kills (176), hitting percentage (.331), blocks (117) and digs (189). . . . Navy's men's cross country team is 9-1 going into today's meet against Army. . . . Maryland's fall teams began the week 26-2-1 at home, including the field hockey squad's 2-1 double-overtime loss to No. 1 North Carolina and a men's soccer tie with No. 1 Virginia.

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad