The Gilman tennis team captured its third straight MIAA A Conference team title on Friday, with a tight 3-2 win over Loyola Blakefield. The Greyhounds now have 9 MIAA crowns, tying McDonogh for the most by any school in the 21 year history of the MIAA.
No. 1 singles player EJ Abass got the Greyhounds off to a great start in their battle with the Dons, winning his match with Loyola’ Ray McDermott, 6-0, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles match was the next to finish and again Gilman won in straight sets, as Tyler Pantle and Nate Shaw downed Johnny Sadler and Andrew Generosso, 6-2, 6-0, to build the Greyhound lead to 2-0.
On the verge of elimination, Loyola got on the board in the No. 2 doubles match when Bean Steall and Jason Polun came from a set down to beat Sam Silkov and Lee Sherline, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Dons then squared the team match with a win by Will Ball at No. 2 singles. Ball also came from a set down against Noah Jun to prevail 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
This left the fait of the match and the championship riding on the match at No. 3 singles. Tied 3-3 in the third set Gilman’s Will Rende outlast Loyola’s Grayson White 7-6 in a tie-breaker to prevail 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.