COLUMBIA — Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Jonathan Knox and Jasper Hood advanced to the 1A boys’ doubles final before being topped by Boonsboro’s Evan Row and Ian Barbour, 6-2, 6-3, at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center in columbia Saturday, May 25.
Knox and Hood got there with wins over Sparrows Point’s Bradley Bryan and Nathan Wynne, 6-0, 6-1, and Frederick Douglass’ Mathew Gates and James Piansay, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(6).
“They won! They fought their way back,” Vikings head coach Michael Reed said after Knox and Hood’s semifinal victory. “They were a little nervous when they first came out because their match was stopped in the middle last time because of the storm. So, it kind of took them a little bit to get back in it. They didn’t choke. They played strong in that tiebreaker.”
Knox and Hood earned a spot in the 1A state tournament by advancing to the finals of the 1A East Regionals with two victories Saturday, May 18.
Colonel Richardson’s Kaitlyn Doetsch reached the 1A girls’ singles final before falling to Patterson Mill’s Meadow Santoriello, 6-0, 6-0. Doetsch reached the final with tiebreaker wins over Pikesville’s Gina Melnik, 6-7(3), 6-1, 1-0(0) and Catoctin’s Alexandra Merki, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(3).
Santoriello had also won the East Region championship with Doetsch taking second.
“I’m proud,” said Doetsch, a senior, about her tournament performance. “I played her before, Meadow, and she beat me quick. But this time we had longer rallies so I feel like I’ve improved.”
Easton High’s boys’ doubles team of Lucas Joshi and Aidan Steinly put the finishing touches on their high school playing days, winning the Class 2A state championship.
Overcoming a 4-0 deficit in the second set of the championship match, Joshi and Steinly completed a three-match sweep through the single-elimination tournament with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final against Marriotts Ridge’s Revanth Bairi and Brandon Tseytlin.
The Warriors’ duo opened the tournament on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Eastern Tech’s Amir Moon and Donyell Lodan and followed that with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Liberty’s Dylan Gettier and Ray Woodward in the semis.
The tournament format was best-of-three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set.
This was the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association’s first year for crowning state champions in each of the four classifications in all five events.
Joshi and Steinly gave Easton its first state tennis title since 1987, when Katy Storch and Michelle Devine won the last of their three consecutive championships in girls’ doubles. It was also the first state title for the Bayside Conference since Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Brendan Kincaid and Yusuf Shariff won the boys’ doubles title in 2003.
Last season, as juniors, Joshi and Steinly reached the semifinals before falling to Justin Song and Arno Babcock of Class 4A Richard Mongomery, 6-2, 6-0. This year was a different story.