Bullis handily beats G’town Prep

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

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No. 2 singles player Andrew Zutz clinched Bullis’ 6-1 win over Georgetown Prep Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Prep’s Pat Mulquin. Bullis remained undefeated at 13-0.

The Bullis boys tennis team remained on track for its second consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference regular-season title with a convincing 6-1 win over Georgetown Prep Tuesday at home.

‘‘We’re expecting to win every match,” Bullis No. 1 singles player Will Beck said. ‘‘But we have to take it seriously no matter how good or bad the team is. Our goal is to go out and win every match 7-0. If we keep that intensity, I think we’ll continue to do well.”

Bullis No. 4 singles player Chris Seckman made quick work of Georgetown Prep’s Matt George, 6-0, 6-0, to give Bullis (13-0) the early 1-0 advantage. Shortly after, Beck closed out a 6-1, 6-2 win over Steve Halpin to increase its lead to 2-0. Beck had Halpin on the defensive from the get-go, using his deep, strong groundstrokes to yank Prep’s No. 1 player around the baseline.

The Bulldogs have become the dominant team in the IAC and one of the best in the Washington, D.C., area over the past two years. Tuesday’s win was the Bulldogs 26th dual-match victory since 2005. And Halpin believes they live up to the hype.

Bullis 6, Georgetown Prep 1

‘‘Yeah, they’re a step ahead of everyone else,” he said. ‘‘I remember two years ago, three of the top six players now were only freshmen. And we actually beat them, 4-3. We had the experienced team. Now they’ve continued to get better and get more talent.”

Bullis’ No. 1 doubles team of Doug Silverstein and Casey Fashouer improved to 13-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kevin Byrd and Shaun Hughes to give the Bulldogs a healthy 3-0 lead. Fashouer and Silverstein played within themselves, staying consistent and drawing the errors from the Little Hoyas.

‘‘They were making a lot of errors,” Silverstein said. ‘‘We worked the points, let them miss.”

Andrew Zutz clinched the win, giving Bullis the 4-0 edge, with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Pat Mulquin in the second singles slot. Mulquin (14-3) has done his part in helping the Little Hoyas to a 10-4 record, but Tuesday he just came up against a stronger player in Zutz (13-0). Brian Lee and Alvin Fludd added to Bullis’ lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Teddy Downe and Justin Nogay in the No. 2 doubles match.

‘‘We felt if we had a couple of solid performances, we had a shot,” Halpin said. ‘‘We thought we might’ve been able to do a little better at No. 2 singles. Pat Mulquin has done well this year.”

In one of two three-set matches, Bullis’ No. 3 singles player, Ronald Kamdem, rebounded from a first-set loss to defeat Phil Casey, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Casey, solid and quick around the baseline with heavy groundstrokes, had Kamdem searching for answers in the first set. But Kamdem (7-2), who relies on steady, consistent groundstrokes, kept to his game. He continued to work Casey (13-1), and as he got himself settled into the match and grew more confident, he began to increase his aggression, convert well at the net and wear his opponent down.

‘‘Coach [Jack Schore] kept telling me I was doing the right thing,” Kamdem said. ‘‘I was setting up the point but missing the easy shots. But I hung in there and hoped it would turn around. Sometimes it doesn’t. But fortunately this time it did. ... I started trying to finish the points at net. I wasn’t going for the approach shot winner but looking to put the volley away at net. And if you get passed, it is OK.”

Prep’s lone win came in the final match on court. As spectators filled the bleachers to catch a glimpse of the final set, the Little Hoyas’ No. 3 doubles duo of Rob Olsen and Billy Maloney were able to regroup after dropping the middle set to clinch a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Chris Latham and Alex Jackson.

Olsen’s groundstrokes seemed to grow stronger as the match progressed, resulting in a plethora of winners. And Maloney used his loopy, top-spin groundstrokes to frustrate the Bulldogs into making errors.

‘‘Georgetown Prep has always been a good team,” Silverstein said. ‘‘They were a lot better than we thought. But you still have to respect them, because it is Georgetown Prep, IAC rivalry.”