River Hill's tennis team defeated visiting Centennial, 6-3, yesterday, handing the Eagles their second straight loss and knocking them out of a first-place tie in the Howard County League.
Mount Hebron won at Howard, 8-1, and is alone in first place with a 15-2 record. Centennial, which lost, 5-4, to Mount Hebron on Monday, drops to 14-3 and into a tie for second with Wilde Lake.
Mount Hebron and Centennial are scheduled to play their final league match next Monday. The Vikings will play host to Oakland Mills (2-15), and Centennial will visit Glenelg (4-13).
Centennial had defeated River Hill, 8-1, on April 3 at Centennial.
"When you beat someone that bad the first time, I guess you figure you're going to beat them a second time," said River Hill's Marielle Proia. "We were nervous and tentative the first time. Today, we had nothing to lose. Everyone on our team tried their best."
The Hawks (12-5) won all four girls matches. Tonya Day and Debbie Levine won in singles, and Proia-Devon Humphries and Rajya Karipineni-Erin Jackson won in doubles.
On the boys side, River Hill's Zach Heidepriem-Chanu Rhee won in doubles and Eric Buchner in singles.
Wilde Lake's Lauryn Taubman and Ari Zweig are the top-seeded girls and boys singles players as the county tournament begins today at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.
Katie Long of Mount Hebron is seeded second in the girls, followed by River Hill's Tonya Day and Wilde Lake's Lauren Bondroff. Following Zweig on the boys side is Centennial's Babar Sultan, Glenelg's Justin Benoliel and Centennial's Charles Lin.
Centennial's Jessica Abel and Susan Yi and Mount Hebron's Divya Chandran and Deepa Chandran are the top two girls doubles seeds.
In boys doubles, Centennial's Mike Mayhew and Jimmy Choi are seeded first, followed by Mount Hebron's John White and Stan Rajakumar.
Atholton's Kristy Stutz and Shomik Das are the top-seeded mixed doubles team, followed by Shruti Saini and Joo Cho.
A new scoring system will be used this year. Points will be earned for victories in the round of 16 (1), quarterfinals (2), semifinals (3) and finals (4).
River Hill completed Friday's suspended game against Centennial with a five-inning, 18-0 victory yesterday, moving the Hawks into a first-place tie with Glenelg with one game remaining.
No. 7-ranked River Hill (15-4 overall, 14-3 league) plays at Hammond (4-13, 4-13) and Glenelg (16-3, 14-3) plays host to No. 15 Centennial (12-7, 11-6) in final regular-season games today.
The second-year Hawks took a 10-0 lead against Centennial and freshman pitcher Becca Decesare last Friday before the game was stopped because of rain in the bottom of the second inning. The Hawks added two more runs in the second yesterday, five in the third and one in the fourth.
Centennial's No. 1 pitcher, freshman Amanda Hall, will throw today against Glenelg.
Long Reach, which still is looking for its first win in two seasons, travels to Oakland Mills (2-10 overall, 2-7 league) today for a 5: 30 p.m. first-round Class 1A-2A South region game.
Oakland Mills, which beat Long Reach, 14-7, earlier this season, scored the last four goals to defeat Howard, 9-8, yesterday in the final regular-season game.
Pub Date: 5/07/98