North Point ten­nis rolls past St. Charles

Ea­gles im­prove to 3-3 on the sea­son

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Mon­day, the North Point ten­nis team pushed the Leonard­town Raiders to the limit, fall­ing in a 5-4 out­come.

Two days later, the Ea­gles got back in the win col­umn with a 7-2 vic­tory over vis­it­ing St. Charles in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac divi­sion con­test.

North Point (3-3, 2-1 Po­tomac) swept all of the girls sin­gles matches and won four of the five dou­bles matches to help so­lid­ify the win on its home courts.

Five of the seven matches that North Point won were de­cided in straight sets with the No. 2 girls dou­bles and boys sin­gles con­tests go­ing the dis­tance.

“This was a good win for us and it puts us at .500 on the sea­son,” North Point head coach Mike Ser­pone said. “We faced a very good Leonard­town team and it went down to the wire, so the kids gained a lot of con­fi­dence from that.”

St. Charles sopho­more Adrian Paras de­liv­ered in the No. 1 boys sin­gles matchup with a 6-1, 6-3 vic­tory over North Point se­nior An­drew Beauchamp.

“Me and my op­po­nent, we hit a lot out­side of matches and I felt pretty good about that win,” Paras said. “I was able to place my shots well to­day and used my serve to get ahead.”

North Point sopho­more Larry John­son bat­tled with St. Charles’ Chan­delle Dar­gin at No. 2 boys sin­gles. John­son took the first 6-3, but Dar­gin was in full con­trol of the sec­ond, win­ning 6-1. How­ever, John­son an­swered back as he eked out the third set, 6-4.

“It was a tough match. I beat him last year, but he came out much bet­ter this year,” John­son said. “I need to get bet­ter and keep work­ing, too, but I was pleased with the win. In the third set, I played with more en­thu­si­asm and stopped get­ting up­set af­ter ev­ery point.”

Over in girls sin­gles, North Point’s Katie Tonucci de­feated Alex Bradley 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 and Fiona Que­nano also won in straight sets at No. 2, 6-4, 6-4.

North Point took care of busi­ness in boys dou­bles as the No. 1 tan­dem Justin Af­ter and Adrian Tengco cruised to a win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Chris Simp­son and Robert Car­mona won at No. 2 for the Ea­gles, 6-1, 6-3.

North Point twin sis­ters Iliyah and Taliyah Coles rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 girls dou­bles. At No. 2, Daphine

Hen­der­son and Natalie Ju­moas dropped the first set 6-4, but re­sponded with a 6-1 win in the sec­ond set and capped off things with a 6-2 win in the third.

In the fi­nal and most ex­cit­ing match of the day at mixed dou­bles, St. Charles’ Katie

Fulcher and Eli­jah Hawkins edged out North Point’s Natae Bush and Isa­iah Brown in three sets, win­ning 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker).

“In that last set we just had to stay calm and not freak out about los­ing the sec­ond set,” Fulcher said. “North Point played us real tough and they were out tough­est op­po­nent so far.

Hawkins added, “It was

equal be­tween both teams and we just bat­tled it out. I’ve been in five tiebreak­ers this sea­son and I’m still stressed. I’m glad we pulled it out.”

On his over­all view of the match, St. Charles head coach Avan Smith said, “To­day ev­ery­one fought hard. For the most part they laid it all on the line, but we still have some things to work on in prac­tice. We pushed North­ern to the limit on Mon­day, only los­ing 5-4. We ex­pected to do a lit­tle bit bet­ter to­day, but it is what it is. We are mak­ing strides.”

At 4 p.m. to­day, the Spar­tans (1-5, 1-2) is sched­uled to host Calvert, while North Point is slated to be at home ver­sus Thomas Stone.

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