Thomas Stone ten­nis up­ends Lackey

Cougars close to shutout ver­sus Charg­ers team build­ing on youth

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

Through­out the course of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion ten­nis match be­tween Lackey High School and host Thomas Stone, Charg­ers first-year head coach Jonathan Web­ster was hardly con­cerned with the score.

Lackey (2-4, 2-2 SMAC Po­tomac) was on the verge of be­ing swept by the host Cougars, in­clud­ing los­ing one match via for­feit, un­til Lilly Collins up­ended Nomel Sim­mons, 7-5, 6-2, in No. 2 girls sin­gles in the last match of the day. Even amid the lop­sided set­back, Web­ster was far more op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture for the squad than pes­simistic about its cur­rent stage.

“Right now, we’re very young and we only have enough to just fill out the lineup,” said Web­ster, whose No. 2 girls dou­bles team missed the match for an­other school func­tion. “We have no se­niors on the team. They’re young, but they’re very will­ing to learn and they un­der­stand they’re go­ing to make mis­takes. But they’ve al­ways had great at­ti­tudes.”

Stone (3-4, 3-1) won most of the matches against the youth­ful Lackey squad in lop­sided fash­ion, ig­nited by ju­nior Avani Hall’s 6-0, 6-0 win over Lackey ju­nior Chloe La­teulere in No. 1 girls sin­gles play. Hall has won two of her last three matches, in­clud­ing a three-set tri­umph over West­lake’s Kr­isha Pa­tel af­ter drop­ping the first set.

“I’ve been fight­ing through a mi­nor shoul­der in­jury,” Hall said. “So to­day I re­ally had to take it easy on my serves. I was aim­ing for a spot most of the match, but I wasn’t try­ing to over­power the ball. I thought my fore­hand and my back­hand were both good to­day. I’m just hop­ing to get more con­sis­tent the rest of the year.”

La­teulere ad­mit­ted she sim­ply did not play to her ca­pa­bil­i­ties on Wed­nes­day, but cred­ited Hall with mak­ing a num­ber of good re­turns. La­teulere gets am­ple se­ri­ous prac­tice against older brother, Alex, a 2015 Lackey grad­u­ate now play­ing ten­nis for the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Baltimore Count. Those matches of­ten en­hance her skills and test her re­solve.

“To­day just wasn’t my day,” La­teulere said. “I didn’t serve re­ally well and I had trou­ble with my back­hand. [Hall] made some good re­turns on a num­ber of my serves. I just

want to keep get­ting bet­ter head­ing into [the] SMAC [tour­na­ment]. My brother [Alex] plays against me when he’s home from school and he’s re­ally good. Those make for some tough matches, but they help.”

Stone’s Tim Goldring de­feated Lackey’s David Nel­son, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 1 boys sin­gles to im­prove to 5-2, while the Cougars’ Ge­off Goldring up­ended the Charg­ers’ Sam Guz­zone, 6-1, 6-1, to re­main un­beaten on the sea­son at 7-0.

Stone won both boys dou­bles matches as Alex Richards and Xavier Coleman com­bined to de­feat Lackey’s Zachary Zalovick and Max Scott, 6-2 and 6-1 at No. 1, while Vim Cariaga and Nick Keene de­feated the Charg­ers un­re­lated pair of Charles Gordon and Thomas Gordon, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

Stone’s No. 1 girls dou­bles pair of Syd­ney Col­bert and Kailee Covey pre­vailed 6-0, 6-2 over the Charg­ers’ Macken­zie Martin and Amelia Dud­ley, while the Cougars No. 2 pair of Jackie Ruiz and Tayler Rooths were awarded a for­feit vic­tory. Stone’s mixed dou­bles pair of Emma Chandler and Dasaun Good­ing de­feated Lackey’s Theny­athorn Vachira-Anan and Shanelle Kelly, 6-2, 6-1.

Al­though the over­all match had been de­cided in less than an hour, Collins pre­vented the hosts from at­tain­ing a com­plete sweep of the out­ing when she de­feated Sim­mons that gave the youth­ful Charg­ers an emo­tional lift be­fore the team departed for its re­turn ride to In­dian Head.


Thomas Stone ju­nior Avani Hall re­turns a serve on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Hall pre­vailed in her No. 1 girls sin­gles match, 6-0, 6-0 over Lackey ju­nior Chloe Lat­uer­lere as the Cougars pre­vailed over the Charg­ers 8-1 dur­ing the match.


Lackey High School’s Sam Guz­zone lofts the ball and pre­pares to serve to Thomas Stone’s Ge­off Goldring in their No. 2 boys sin­gles match on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Stone. Goldring de­feated Guz­zone in straight sets and the Cougars downed the Charg­ers 8-1 in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion match.

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