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Hubs add two tennis titles to trophy case

May 19, 2004|by JACK HILL III

A 72-hour delay couldn't stop North Hagerstown's roll through the Washington County Tennis Tournament.

Still, the Hubs will have to wait another 24 hours to turn the event into a sweep.

After winning two titles Saturday before rain held up play, the Hubs added two titles Tuesday before lightning once again suspended the tournament at North.

North's Leslie Schoeck won the girls singles final, while David Macht and Danny Ryan claimed the boys doubles title.

The mixed doubles championship match between Lauren O'Boyle and Corey Tolerton of North and Brittany Higgins and Anthony Nalley of Williamsport was just under way when severe thunderstorms rolled in. That match will conclude, weather permitting, today at 4 p.m. at Williamsport.

Schoeck improved her record to 18-1 by beating teammate Shana Ruff, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"Shana won the first set and she was dominating in the beginning," Schoeck said. "I did my best to not give up. When I was down 3-0 in the second set, I realized that I had to get pretty determined if I was going to win this set. Every point became important. My determination helped to get me going. My performance just happened to be good at the end right when I needed it to be."

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Macht and Ryan improved to 17-0 by beating Mike Kozlowski and Thomas Mittendorfer of South Hagerstown 6-1, 6-0 for the boys doubles championship.

"Our strategy was to try to get up to the net," Ryan said. "We try to get up to the net, because both of us have height and it is hard for the opponents to lob it. I feel that we controlled the net today. It's nice to still be undefeated. We're looking forward to next week's regional tournament."

"It feels good to win," Macht said. "We played well during the tournament and we have played well all season. I thought the championship match was a good match. We didn't make too many mistakes. This has been the most fun that I have ever had in the four years that I have been on the team."

The Maryland Region I tournament will begin with quarterfinal matches Friday at 1 p.m. at North Hagerstown. The semifinal matches and the championship matches will be played Saturday at North, beginning at 9 a.m. The top two finishers in each division of the county tournament advance to the regional tournament.

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