Greyhounds sets works for most titles and most consecutive titles

by Gregory Diette (Special to VSN)

The Gilman tennis team clinched its fifth straight MIAA A Conference title with a 5-0 win over Calvert Hall in the league championship match, which started on Thursday in Roland Park and was concluded on Friday.

The Greyhounds extended their MIAA record for most consecutive titles to five and they now have a league most 11 championships in the 21 year history of the league. Gilman Head Coach, Steve Krulevitz, also noted that his team set a new school record for most consecutive champions, since the program’s birth 60 years ago.

Gilman’s No. 1 doubles team of Noah Jun and Piyush Mavanur helped their team get off to a strong start, defeating Calvert Hall’s Tristan Odozro and Tyler Mast 6-2, 6-2. Moments later, the No. 2 doubles match concluded with Gilman’s Michael Haire and Matthew Pang, coming out on top 6-1, 6-2, to give Gilman the 2-0 lead.

After a one day rain delay, Gilman’s Senior Captain Derrick Thompson secured the championship for his team, needing to play just one point on Friday to complete a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the No. 1 singles match. Thompson explained the stress that came with waiting a whole day to finish his match.

“A lot of scenarios went through my head the night before, like where am I going to hit the serve or how am I going to win that last point, so it was pretty stressful,” said Thompson.

Next, Dylan Walters of Gilman prevailed over Calvert Hall’s Regan Comleardi, 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles match. Finally, in the closest match of the championship, Gilman’s Nick Boucher outlasted Nick Hewes 6-4,6-4, to secure the 5-0 win for the Hounds as well as a perfect 45-0 record in league play.

Both coaches were very proud of the way their boys performed in both championship as well as their entire season.