Three individual — well, duos —regional titles lifted the Sparrows Point tennis team to its first regional championship last weekend at PolyTechnic.
The Pointers won regional crowns in mixed doubles, girls doubles and boys doubles during the event.
“I have a pretty good team,” Sparrows Point coach Conrad Snyder said. “We’ve closed the gap with all but Hereford, which dominated the county championships by winning six of nine championship matches.”
The Pointers also benefitted from the state dividing the regional tournament into four classifications this season, instead of teams from all four classes (1A, 2A, 3A and 4A) competing in one tournament.
Sparrows Point won the Class 1A North regional title.
In mixed doubles, Brady Bryant and Ariana Serevetas pulled out a tough match against Pikesville in the title match.
After winning the first set 6-3, Bryant/Serevetas lost the second set 6-2 before winning the tiebreaker 10-5.
The duo won their quarterfinal match 6-1, 6-1 against Overlea and defeated Loch Raven 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Bryant and Serevetas were the No. 1 singles players for Sparrows Point during most of the regular season.
Nathan Wynne and Bradley Bryant defeated Carver A&T and Western Tech, both by 6-1, 6-0 scores, to win the regional boys doubles title.
At girls doubles, Alana Levy and Sammie Bennett defeated Western Tech in the semifinal, 6-2, 6-2, and beat Pikesville in the championship match 6-2, 6-3.
Levy and Bennett are 15-2 on the season and placed second in the Baltimore County tournament.
Edda Oelke, in girls singles, lost her semifinal match against Western Tech, but came back to place third overall by defeating Carver A&T 3-6, 6-3 (10-7) in the consolation bracket.
All advance to the state tournament, which begins on Thursday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center, and concludes on Saturday.
Sparrows Point was denied a Class 1A North regional title by Loch Raven for the second season in a row, as the Raiders defeated the host Pointers 16-6 on May 15.
The Raiders bolted to a 6-0 lead in the first half and the Pointers were unable to mount a serious challenge the rest of the way.
Loch Raven went on to beat McDonough 16-5 in the state semifinals and was to play Patterson Mill for the Class 1A state title.
Sparrows Point reached the regional championship game with a 19-1 win over Chesapeake.
Dundalk lost to visiting C. Milton Wright 15-0 in the second round of the Class 3A North Region Section II tournament.
The Mustangs only had four base hits, but benefitted from 19 walks issued by Owl pitchers.
Dundalk finished the season with a 15-4 record and won its second consecutive Baltimore County Division II title.