Wilde Lake's girls tennis team had reason to celebrate yesterday on the final day of the regular season, but for its No.1 singles player, Lauren Bondroff, it wasn't a perfect ending.
The Wildecats earned the county championship outright with a 3-2 victory at Mount Hebron. Wilde Lake avenged its only loss to finish 17-1. Mount Hebron and Centennial tied for second at 15-3.
Bondroff, playing after the Wildecats had secured the victory, lost her first match of the season, 8-2, to Katie Long. Bondroff and Long, who lost, 8-2, in their first meeting this season, are seeded first and second, respectively, in this week's county tournament.
"My head wasn't in it," said Bondroff, a junior who was runner-up in last year's tournament. "We were already in first place and I guess the year had ended in my mind. She played good, and I played really bad."
The victory was just what Long needed heading into the tournament, which runs tomorrow through Saturday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.
"It really tells me that I'm close to her, and that I have a shot at No.1," said Long, a senior who will attend St. Mary's College in the fall. "I'm definitely more confident and I can relax a little more."
Wilde Lake's No.3 doubles team of Allicyn Delzappo and Molly Levin defeated Tricia Coburn and Katie Juhaszoua, 8-3, in the first match. Wilde Lake's No.2 doubles squad of Lizzie Richmand and Kathy Jaller won, 8-6, over Libby Smith and Jenny Long, and the Wildecats took an unbeatable 3-0 lead when No.2 singles Jackie Taubman won the last three games for a 9-7 triumph over Audrey Damrongski.
"As a team, we tried to motivate each other," Taubman said. "We didn't want to tie for the championship. We wanted it for ourself."
Mount Hebron's second point came from the No.2 doubles team of Tina Prehuzic and Sarah Smith, who downed Sabrina Kutzner and Lindsay Sutton, 8-2.
Mount Hebron won the boys match, 4-1, getting victories from its top two singles - Rohan Nabar and Brandon Nam ---and two top doubles - Jon Norman and Matt Guy and Chris Schwartz and Kevin Norman. Wilde Lake's point came from the No.3 doubles team of Tim Riismandel and Dave Gordon.
Nabar, unbeaten this season and the No.1-seeded singles player at the tournament, got a scare from last year's county singles champion, Ari Zweig, who will play doubles at this year's tourney. Nabar had to win the last three games for a 9-7 victory.
River Hill took the boys championship with a 17-1 record. Its only loss was to Centennial, which finished second at 16-2. Mount Hebron, at 15-3, was third.