Upsets in the boys doubles and mixed doubles spiced up the Carroll County tennis championships yesterday at South Carroll.
Cavaliers seniors Josh Loar and Geoff Sanzenbacher upset North Carroll's defending county champion team of Shawn Czajkowski and Matt Lowe by the surprisingly lopsided scores of 6-2, 6-1.
North Carroll's David Watson and Nadia Chaudhry upset Drew Reber and Colleen Finecey of South Carroll, 6-4, 6-4, after North Carroll's higher-seeded mixed doubles team was beaten in the semifinals.
Defending county champs Doug Ferguson of Liberty and Maria Covell of North Carroll easily won the boys and girls singles championships as expected, and the girls doubles team of Westminster's Anne Yust and Christie Stansfield also won convincingly.
Loar and Sanzenbacher, also the Nos. 1 and 2 golfers at South Carroll, lost to Lowe and Czajkowski in the final a year ago and were beaten badly by them during the regular season.
Sanzenbacher missed the first four weeks of this season with a sprained ankle, as they failed to play enough matches together to earn a favorable seeding.
They wound up seeded as a second doubles team with a fifth seed -- the worst possible seed.
But they beat the top-seeded second doubles team, Dan Burden and Greg Stone from North Carroll, on Friday, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. That was their toughest match of the tournament, opening the door to a rematch with Lowe and Czajkowski.
"We jumped out early and surprised them [Lowe and Czajkowski]," Loar said. "We went up 5-2, and they realized we weren't giving up."
Sanzenbacher said the duo played with more intensity yesterday. "We played as hard as we could. The wind was a factor. We were able to get to the net quickly, and Josh's serves were very good."
Loar said he didn't think the Cavaliers' team lost any services.
"Where we've struggled all year was on return services, and today, we got good placement with low, hard shots," Loar said.
A factor in the victory was a tough semifinal match for Lowe and Czajkowski against South Carroll's other boys doubles team of Ben Hamlington and Aaron Taylor, normally South Carroll's No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. The Panthers duo trailed 4-1 in the third set and rallied to win.
"Tennis is a game of emotion, of highs and lows," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "It's tough to come back emotionally from a match like that."
Watson led North Carroll's mixed doubles team to the victory, winning six points on topspin lobs and losing only one service. North Carroll's top-seeded team was beaten in the semifinals by South Carroll's Finecey and Reber, creating an opportunity for Watson and Chaudhry.
"We were confident," said Watson, a junior. Their toughest match was a three-set affair with Westminster's Charles Johnson and Merissa Hollinger in Friday's quarterfinals, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.