All-Howard County

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Lissner

Centennial

The freshman sensation was perfect until he lost in the state final to Winston Churchill's Jared Pinsky, 6-4, 6-4. He advanced to the final by defeating defending state champion and Montgomery County champion Michael Goodwin in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-1.

Lissner was 18-0 at No. 1 singles during the 17-match regular season and one-game playoff to lead the Eagles to the county title. He won the county crown by forfeit and the regional title over Steven Murray of Glenelg, 6-3, 6-1. Lissner finished with a 28-1 record. His current United States Tennis Association national ranking for 14-year-old boys is No. 14, and his current Mid-Atlantic sectional ranking for 16-year-old boys is No. 8.

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Julia Facchina

Glenelg

The senior had a perfect season until losing to Winston Churchill sophomore Maggie McKeever in the state final, 7-5, 6-4. She had beaten McKeever last season in the state quarterfinals. Facchina, 14-0 during the regular season and a one-match playoff, was 22-1 overall and ended an outstanding four-year high school career without losing a regular-season match.

These were her first county and regional titles, however, because she was always beaten by former teammate Marianne Baker, who now plays at Maryland. She defeated Whitney Ambush of Eleanor Roosevelt to win the regional title, 6-1, 6-0, and beat Ally Spector of Reservoir, 6-0, 6-1, to win the county title. Facchina, a repeat All-County pick, will study engineering at Virginia Tech but not play varsity tennis.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Jean Vanderpool

Centennial

Vanderpool's boys team went undefeated during the regular season and then won a championship match over River Hill, 4-1. A business computer management systems teacher at Centennial, the fifth-year coach will become the school's athletic director next fall. She formerly coached tennis at Glenelg.

Mary Ellen Doyle

Glenelg

Doyle was Vanderpool's assistant coach at Glenelg and took over the head position after Vanderpool left. Doyle's girls team won the regular-season championship match over Reservoir, 3-2, after finishing the regular season 13-3. It was Glenelg's second girls county title in three seasons.

The Gladiators then became the first county team in 20 years to win a District 3 championship, after advancing teams in all five categories to the quarterfinals and in three categories to the finals. Doyle teaches math at Glenelg.

THE TEAM

Trevor Anderson and Scott Burtzlaff

River Hill

Burtzlaff's only losses as a singles player were to state runner-up Ryan Lissner of Centennial, as the Hawks sophomore posted a 15-3 singles mark. Burtzlaff, who was an All-County selection last season, then joined with teammate Trevor Anderson to form a potent boys doubles combination that went 9-2, winning county and regional titles and finishing fourth in the state.

Anderson went 18-0 as a No. 2 singles player behind Burtzlaff during the regular season and one-match playoff. Burtzlaff and Anderson beat Brian Burkhalter and Faisal Qayumi of Oakland Mills for the regional title, 6-1, 6-2.

Jackie Davidson and Matt Davidson

River Hill

As a No. 1 singles player, Jackie, a senior, compiled a 12-5 regular-season record. Her sophomore brother, Matt, was 14-3 during the regular season while teaming with Kevin Huber at boys doubles.

Jackie and Matt then teamed up in mixed doubles, starting with the county tournament, where they finished second to teammates Katie Sheliga and Huber, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Davidsons then won regionals and finished fourth at states, where they defaulted because of Jackie's injured knee.

Meredith Ely

Reservoir

Going 16-0 while playing No. 2 singles during the regular season, the junior finished third at the county tournament and fourth at the regional tournament. She helped the Gators girls post the county's best record of 14-2 during the regular season, but Reservoir was denied a title because the county instituted a new playoff format in which the teams with the top two regular-season records decided the championship in a one-match playoff that Reservoir lost to Glenelg, 3-2.

She beat River Hill's Michelle McCoy, 6-2, 6-0, for third place at the county tournament.

Chris Hilchey

Centennial

After playing doubles his freshman and sophomore seasons, the junior switched to singles and posted a 14-3 regular-season record as the Eagles' No. 2 singles player, losing three times to Trevor Anderson of River Hill, including an 8-1 loss to Anderson at the county championships.

A good baseline player with a consistent serve, Hilchey finished fourth at regionals, eliminated by teammate Ryan Lissner.

Steven Murray

Glenelg

The freshman played No. 1 singles for Glenelg, posted an 8-4 regular-season record and finished second in the county and second in the region. He was 14-6 overall.

He originally finished third at the county tournament, beating Chris Hilchey, 6-1, 6-1, but moved up to second when the runner-up, Michael Duong of Long Reach, forfeited. Murray lost to state runner-up Lissner of Centennial, 6-3, 6-1 in the region finals.

Krista Schmidt and Stephanie Garrett

Glenelg

The No. 1 Gladiator girls doubles team compiled a 12-1 regular-season record before finishing second in the county and second in the region. The seniors lost in the first round of the state tournament.

At the county tournament, they lost to Mount Hebron's Lauren Ramsey and Kelly McGivern, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in a grueling 2-hour, 45-minute match. At regionals, they lost to Centennial's Emily Adams and Erin Edmonds, 6-3, 6-2.

Ally Spector

Reservoir

Playing No. 1 singles, Spector compiled a 13-2 record during the regular season, and then finished second in the county and third in the region. She lost to Glenelg's Julia Facchina in the county finals, 6-0, 6-1.

The junior, a transfer from Glenelg Country School, lost to regional runner-up Whitney Ambush of Eleanor Roosevelt at the regionals.

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