McDonogh rallied for a 3-2 victory over Gilman in tennis yesterday, handing the visiting Greyhounds their first loss in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in three years.
Gilman won the MIAA A Conference title the past two seasons, and the Greyhounds or McDonogh have won 20 of the league's past 21 championships. The two teams always play tough matches.
"You wouldn't expect anything else from a Gilman-McDonogh match, would you?" McDonogh coach Laddie Levy said. "If we won it this time, it doesn't mean we'll win it next time."
Gilman (6-1, 6-1) scored victories in the first two matches that finished. Alec Hoblitzell got a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Greg Miller at No. 3 singles. Tyler Hoblitzell and Brad Millison earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Seth Cassel and Chris Bell of McDonogh (6-1, 6-0) to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead.
But the Eagles quickly tied it with two victories in singles. Alexander Centenari beat Michael Katz, 6-2, 6-3, in No. 1 singles, and Alex Sidney defeated James Wieler, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2.
That left it up to McDonogh's Tommy Sinnott and Jake Lazer, who had to fight off several match points in the third set of No. 2 doubles before beating Tommy Mathews and Jay Barnett in a tiebreaker. Sinnott and Lazer hung on for a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) win that gave the Eagles the victory.
No. 6 John Carroll 15, No. 14 Institute of Notre Dame 14, 10 inn. -- Jessica Kraft (1-for-4) and Lindsey Buettner (2-for-5, four RBIs) had two-run hits to lift the host Patriots (7-4) over the Indians. The teams traded runs in the eighth and ninth innings. John Carroll led 8-2 going into the seventh, when IND scored six runs. Beth Whitehead started the rally for the Indians, and Gabby Devaud had a two-run single.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.