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Montgomery County's region won its 12th consecutive state tennis championship team title and 30th overall crown since the tournament's inception in 1975.

County athletes swept all five final matches Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park.

With three state champions — Megan Hahn (girls singles), Mateo Cevallos (boys singles) and Julien Mu and Aishu Iyer (mixed doubles) — Thomas S. Wootton earned the most points as a program and will get to hold the coveted trophy in its case until next spring.

“It's really exciting. The whole team came out [to support us],” Hahn said.

Saturday was Hahn's first singles title, she won the mixed doubles title with Gabe Fan last spring.

In one of two all-Montgomery championship matches, Hahn defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Anna Rozenberg in two closely contested sets, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Hahn beat Rozenberg in straight sets in both the county and regional finals last fall.

But after losing the first set Saturday, Rozenberg -- who won the state girls doubles title in 2011 -- took a 5-2 lead and served for the second set.

“[Rozenberg] definitely stayed in the match this time. In the past couple of matches after [she lost] a couple of key points or games, she would kind of [go away],” Hahn said. “It was so hot we were both out there grinding. It's more satisfying [to win a match like that].”

In the other all-county final, Walt Whitman's Nos. 3 and 4 singles players Kamilla Beisenova and Hannah Stahl defeated teammates, Vikings Nos. 1 and 2, Nicky Gottret and Nicole Welch in straight sets for the girls doubles title.

Whitman boys sophomores Nos. 1 and 2 Aries Wong and Sean Ngo successfully defended last year's state boys doubles title.

Playing in his second three-set match of the day, top-seeded Cevallos overcame Reservoir's Biyik Akinshemoyin in the last match on court.

Cevallos failed to serve out the match while leading a set and 5-4 and trailed 0-2 in the final set.

But he broke Akinshemoyin's serve to even the third-set score at 3-3 and Reservoir's No.1 was forced to retire from severe leg cramps.

“It's unfortunate [to win like that] especially in a final when you really want to win it. But I feel like it shows that I was more fit,” Cevallos said. “It's really exciting to win and that our team won. I don't think we've had the trophy at our school. It's nice I was able to seal that victory for our team.”

jbeekman@gazette.net