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Whitman, Wootton dominate tennis playoffs

By Tim Schwartz

Vox Sports

Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton crushed the competition at the University of Maryland on Saturday in the MPSSAA state tennis championships as they crowned champions in each of the five divisions.

Wootton won titles in the boys’ singles, girls’ singles, and mixed doubles while Whitman swept the boys’ and girls’ doubles crowns.

Wootton’s top-seeded Mateo Cevalles defeated second-seeded Biyik Akinshemoyin of Reservoir, 7-5, 6-7(2-7) 3-3(retire) in the closest title match of the day. Cevalles and Akinshemoyin were tied 3-3 in the deciding third set but Akinshemoyin was not able to continue the match and was forced to retire, giving Cevalles the boys’ singles title.

The girls’ single championship match featured two county competitors, second-seeded Megan Hahn of Wootton and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Anna Rozenberg. Rozenberg upset fourth-seeded Victoria Kogan of Atholton and top-seeded Paige Olson of Century easily en route to the final but Hahn came through on top in a close 7-6(7-3), 7-5 victory to win her first title.

Wootton’s third title of the day came in the mixed doubles as Aishu Iyer and Julian Mu combined to beat Rachel Land and Tyler Collins of Huntingtown in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Iyer and Mu only dropped one set en route the state title.

In the boys’ doubles championship, Whitman’s top-seeded Sean Ngo and Aries Wong cruised to their second straight state championship with a 6-4, 6-1 victory in straight sets over Juha Ellonen and William Clark of Great Mills. The dominant Ngo and Wong combination lost only 11 games during the tournament and even won their first match in a perfect 6-0, 6-0. Wootton’s Gabriel Fan and Titas Bera lost in the semifinals but went on to win the consolation match, 7-5, 6-4.

The girls’ doubles title match saw an extreme rarity as all of the finalists were from Whitman. Unseeded Nicole Gottret and Nicole Welch beat third-seeded teammates Hannah Stahl and Kamilla Beisenova, 6-3, 6-4, in the title match. The Whitman girls did not drop a set, except to each other, through the entire tournament

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