Howard County earned three Region III championships yesterday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club. All three -- Wilde Lake's Lauryn Taubman (girls singles), Mount Hebron's Divya Chandran and Deepa Chandran (girls doubles) and Atholton's Kristy Stutz and Shomik Das (mixed doubles) -- won county titles last Thursday.
Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County, behind boys singles champion Erik Nudo, won the team title with 19 points. Mount Hebron (14), Wilde Lake (13), Bowie (10) and River Hill (eight) and Atholton (eight) round off the top six.
The top two in each category advance to the two-day state tournament starting Friday at Essex Community College.
In a repeat of the county championship, Taubman defeated Mount Hebron's Katie Long, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.
Taubman broke a string in warm-ups and was unable to use her favorite racket. "That bothered me from the start," she said.
Taubman, who has beaten Long four times this season, took a 5-2 lead only to lose the next four games. "I wasn't playing smart," said Taubman, who lost only three games the entire county tournament. "I had to calm down, relax and play smarter."
Taubman credited Long with a strong first set. "She played great," Taubman said.
Said Long: "I wanted to play hard and get some games off her. I did so much better then I expected. That was all of me in the first set. I was completely finished in the second. I was just trying not to faint."
The Chandran twins needed three sets to beat River Hill's Marielle Proia and Devon Humphries in the county championship last Thursday. Yesterday, it took them two, 7-5, 6-4.
"We played smarter and harder this time. We didn't want to play three sets," said Divya, who is undefeated this season.
Stutz and Das, who were 2-1 together in the regular season, added a regional title to their county championship with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Kathryn Jaller and Stephen DeVito of Wilde Lake.
Stutz and Das won their county title in straight sets after trailing 5-1 in the first. Yesterday, they were down 4-1 in the first before rallying.
Nudo won the boys singles title, 6-1, 6-1 over teammate Clint Lee. Bowie's Curt Rubenstein and Saeed Ashrafzadeh took the boys doubles, 6-3, 6-1, over Mount Hebron's John White and Stan Rajakumar.
Pub Date: 5/17/98