Atholton coach Greg Dubac said earlier this season that he thought his team could give perennial power Centennial "a run for their money."
Yesterday, the host Raiders broke the bank.
Atholton defeated the defending county champions, 6-3, handing the Eagles their first regular-season loss since Mount Hebron beat them in the 1993 season.
"This is definitely the biggest win, both individually and as a team, of my high school career," said Atholton senior Adam Abramson, who defeated Centennial's No. 1 Matt Ruppert, 8-5. "We knew their team this year is not as strong as it has been in past. We marked this day on our calender at the start of the season. We new this was our one big chance to beat them."
Atholton (5-0) won all four singles matches. Jinu Rhee defeated Thomas Hsu, in the other boys match. In the girls, Lauren Gleit defeated Jessie Abel, 8-4, and Prachi Patel edged Stacy Messer- smith, 8-6.
The Raiders also won in the first boys doubles -- Jay Garbart and Jason Green over Babar Sultan and Charles Lin, 8-4. Atholton's Alejandro Villa and Melanie Scheick won the mixed doubles, 8-5, over Andrew Teeters and Keerthi Baskaran.
Dubac, as the host coach, picked first and called for the top two girls in the ladder to play doubles. That meant two of Centennial's stronger players -- Katie Dougherty and Courtney Martin -- could not play singles. "It makes it one loss rather than two," Dubac said.
Dougherty and Martin won their match, 8-1, over Kristy Stutz and Meghan Prentiss. The Eagles' second doubles team of Bonny Ghosh and Susan Yi defeated Katie Young and Michelle Pappas, 8-5. Centennial's other win came at second doubles, where Matt Holmwood and Amar Bhandhel defeated Shomik Das and Jason Ukman, 8-6.
"My team played well," said Centennial coach Daryl Blickenstaff, whose team graduated a number of top players. "We just don't have the experience, and that was the telling factor."
The teams meet again April 28 at Centennial.
"I think we're going to beat them the next time, too," Dubac said. "We're that good."
Pub Date: 4/08/97