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Delaware High School Championships

June 23, 2004 01:01 PM

The 2004 Boys’ and Girls’ Delaware High School State Tennis Championships was a study in contrasts. Tower Hill wrapped up the girls’ team championship before a single ball was struck in the finals. So dominant was the team that Leigh Finnegan, # 1 singles player, did not lose a single

Tower Hill HS Team

game in the entire tournament and # 2 Blakely Ashley lost only one game! Tower Hill capped off a perfect season by winning 4 of 5 matches in the

finals, finishing with 28 out of a possible 30 points. Their lone loss was at first doubles, won by Ursuline Academy’s Kristen Lake and Emily Grugan 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, in a battle of undefeated teams. The boys’ title, however, wasn’t decided until the last ball was hit. St. Andrew’s won the team title when Sanford’s David Rodeck outlasted Caesar Rodney’s Kirill Babak 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2. Going in to the final day, St. Andrew’s led with 14 points, followed by Sanford and Caesar Rodney, each with 13. St. Andrew’s could have clinched the title by winning the first doubles final, but lost a nail-

St. Andrew's HS Team

biter to Caesar Rodney’s Bryce Hufnal and Zhenia Babak 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (9). That set the stage for the first singles battle. Had Caesar Rodney won, they would have shared the title with St. Andrew’s; but Sanford’s David Rodeck capped off an undefeated season with the win to give St. Andrew’s sole possession of the team title.

Complete final results:

1st singles: Leigh Finnegan (TH) def. Kate Ianelli (Urs.) 6-0, 6-0
2nd singles: Blakely Ashley (TH) def. Kirkland Mitchell (St.A) 6-0, 6-0
3rd singles: Marta Drane (TH) def. Sarah Schmitt (Tat.) 7-6(4), 6-0
1st doubles: Emily Grugan/Kristen Lake (Urs.) def. Lara Popel/Monique Ellis 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
2nd doubles: Mimi Nguyen/Sydney Scott (TH) def. Joan Payson/Courtney Streett (St. A) 6-2, 6-3

1st singles: David Rodeck (Sanf.) def. Kirill Babak (CR) 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2
2nd singles: Jeff Bloxom (Sal.) def. Nate Geigle (Arch.) 6-2, 6-3
3rd singles: Frank Marsico (St.M) def. Brandon Sigh (St.A) 6-4, 6-0
1st doubles: Bryce Hufnal/Zhenia Babak (CR) def. Sam Baroody/Mike Stafford (St.A) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(9)
2nd doubles: John Reynolds /Gautam Punukollu (St.A) def. Chi-Hun Rim/Joe Sheridan (WFS) 6-3, 6-1

Joel Sclichter, Wm. Penn boys' coach, and Denise Heimbaugh, Milford girls' coach, were named DE High School Coaches of the Year.

Bunny Vosters Team Sportsmanship winners were St. Andrew's boys and Lake Forest's girls.