C. Milton Wright tennis coach Peter Griffiths waited four years to win a regular-season Harford County championship.
He only had to wait a few weeks for the county's tournament crown. His Mustangs brought home the trophy after producing two individual champions at the annual tourney yesterday at Harford Community College in Bel Air.
The senior pair of Tyler Lloyd and Matt Novak routed the Bel Air tandem of sophomore Charlie Hess and senior Tim Rohrbaugh, 6-1, 6-1, to claim the boys doubles title.
The senior duo of Lindsey Prange and Kelly Slagle swept Bel Air senior Lynn Handy and junior Beth Ellenberger, 6-0, 6-3, to win the girls doubles division.
And two second- and four third-place finishes helped propel C. Milton Wright past runner-up Bel Air, 32-27, for the school's first tournament crown since 1996.
"I do think it shows that we're a complete team," said Griffiths, whose squad finished 17-0 and broke Bel Air's four-year grip on the regular-season and tournament titles. "Although tennis is an individual sport, you need a total team effort."
The most competitive final was the girls doubles division because both teams had split their regular-season meetings. But Handy and Ellenberger (16-2) needed three sets to outlast sophomore Tammy Hoory and freshman Katie Muir of C. Milton Wright in a semifinal before meeting Prange and Slagle (19-1).
"We knew that they had played right before and that they were probably tired," Slagle said. "We tried to move the ball around and make them run."
The team of Lloyd and Novak (20-0) had little trouble with Hess and Rohrbaugh (16-3), a pair that Lloyd and Novak had defeated twice during the regular season.
"We knew we could do it again," Lloyd said. "We knew that if we were aggressive at the net and kept attacking, we would do fine." Bel Air also produced two individual champs in senior Tyler Nowicki (20-0) - who beat sophomore Johnny Ahn (16-1) of C. Milton Wright, 6-4, 6-2, for the boys singles crown - and the mixed doubles pair of senior Katherine Kelly and junior Pat Kapelanczyk also won.
Joppatowne sophomore Liezl Samios-Uy grabbed her second consecutive girls singles title by thumping Mustangs freshman Carlie Smith (16-3), 6-2, 6-2.
Samios-Uy, who is undefeated at 21-0, said she looks forward to competing in the county, regional, and state tournaments.
"It feels great because all year, I've been training, working hard for these tournaments," she said. "It's a great reward."