Mount Hebron's girls and boys doubles teams earned championships yesterday, leading the Vikings to the team title in the Howard County tournament at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.
Mount Hebron, which came into the rain-delayed tournament with its first regular-season title since 1984, received eight points for its doubles victories and finished with 28 points.
Wilde Lake was second with 23 points, followed by River Hill 17, Centennial 13, Glenelg 11, Oakland Mills 8, Hammond 6, Howard and Hammond, 5 each.
The Vikings' victory snapped Centennial's run of seven straight tournament titles.
"It's been just a fabulous year," said Mount Hebron coach Casey Crouse.
Twins Deepa and Divya Chandran captured the girls double title with a 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 win over River Hill's Marielle Proia and Devon Humphries. The Chandrans, juniors, led 5-2 in the second set and had two match points. They had a 5-1 lead in the third set before Proia and Humphries won three straight to make it close.
Junior John White and senior Stan Rajakumar won 6-2, 6-3 over River Hill's Chanu Rhee and Zach Heidepriem, last year's runners-up, for the boys doubles title.
White and Rajakumar also beat Rhee and Heidepriem in a tiebreaker in the regular season.
Top-seeded Wilde Lake senior Lauryn Taubman earned the girls singles championship, beating Mount Hebron sophomore Katie Long for the third time this season, 6-2, 6-1.
"I played my hardest. She just played better," Long said. "It's no shame being second to her in the county."
Glenelg senior Justin Benoliel, who played mixed doubles the last three tournaments, defeated top-seeded sophomore Ari Zweig of Wilde Lake, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, for the boys single title. The players split matches in the regular season.
In the day's final match, Atholton senior Shomik Das and junior rTC Kristy Stutz won the mixed doubles title with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
triumph over Joo Cho and Shruti Saini of Oakland Mills. Stutz ended the match with an ace.
The top four finishers in the tournament advance to the two-day Region III tournament that begins this morning at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.
Pub Date: 5/15/98