Gilman gets payback against Severn, continues title reign in MIAA A tennis


2021 MIAA A CONFERENCE TENNIS CHAMPIONS

GILMAN SCHOOL GREYHOUNDS


by Trevor Colgan

Special to VSN

The Gilman School tennis team tightly held a banner while parents took photos Thursday afternoon at Andover Recreation Center.

Two numbers, in the top left corner of the banner, were significant.

27 and seven. The first number represented the league championships the program has won. The Greyhounds made it seven consecutive MIAA A Conference crowns with a 4-1 victory over Severn School in Anne Arundel County.

In winning its 12th MIAA A title overall (other 15 titles were MSA), Gilman (9-1 overall) avenged a loss earlier in the season to the Admirals. It was the Roland Park school’s only loss this spring, and the first conference loss in six years. 

Even though the 3-2 loss on April 15 stung, Greyhounds coach Steve Krulevitz felt a weight lift off his team’s shoulders. They were more confident moving forward, even though they knew a rematch with the Admirals was likely waiting at the end.

“It was good for us,” Krulevitz said. “We hadn’t lost a match in the league in six years, so it took a lot of pressure off the guys.”

The Greyhounds swept the doubles as Andrew Birincheroff and Jai Kukregor won the No. 1 doubles match 6-2, 6-2 over Michael Hesford and Aiden Gilroy. Johnannes Qians and Luca Pavlovich bested James Lowe and Alan Tchamourliyski in the No. 2 match 7-5, 6-3.

“It’s very rare in a championship match to win both doubles,” Krulevitz said. “You usually split the doubles. Our four doubles players really came through.”

The Greyhounds got off to a good start in the match with two doubles victories, but No. 3 Ben Cordish sealed the victory with a 6-1, 7-5 win against Nate Krall. Gilman’s other win came with No. 2 Andrew Hannan’s 6-0, 6-4 win over Daniel McNair.

McNair’s brother, Matt, was the only Admiral to win Thursday. He beat Rohan Milak, who was out the last time the two teams played due to an injury, 6-4, 6-2. 

Severn, in its first season in the A, was poised to make history Thursday. The last time Severn played was in 2019 in the B Conference.

There was no 2020 MIAA tennis season because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Admirals (13-1) ran through the A league this spring.

“I’m so proud of the kids,” Severn coach Cathy Officer said. “They fought hard.”

We just gained momentum all season, basically. I knew it would be a tough battle with (Gilman).”