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  • Matthew Kilchenstein and Sophie Whitney scored a three-set victory at Broadneck that helped the Falcons to a 6-3 win.
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    Matthew Kilchenstein and Sophie Whitney scored a three-set victory at Broadneck that helped the Falcons to a 6-3 win.

Severna Park Tennis Defeats Broadneck 6-3 To Stay Unbeaten

Colin Murphy
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May 2, 2017

Severna Park girls no. 1 doubles tennis players Grace Appel and Lauren Breitinger were not fully aware of the larger situation when they were locked in a tight third set with Broadneck’s Abbey Cassidy and Jenna Buto on April 27.

Playing one of the last two matches of the day, a win by Appel and Breitinger would yield the Falcons’ fifth match victory of the afternoon and seal a team win over the host Bruins. A loss would pull the Bruins even, and the final tally would come down to the mixed doubles match between Severna Park’s Matthew Kilchenstein and Sophie Whitney and Broadneck’s Richard Chaney and Kirsten Dallanegra being played simultaneously on an adjacent court.

The outcome hung momentarily in the balance, but in the end, both Severna Park duos took care of business. Appel and Breitinger took the third set 7-5 to claim the match 6-4, 5-7, 7-5; shortly thereafter later Kilchenstein and Whitney rebounded from a first-set loss to win 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 and cement Severna Park’s 6-3 win over the Bruins.

“I had a feeling it would either come down to us or the mixed doubles match, and I didn’t know who was winning or who wasn’t winning,” said Appel, “but I knew it was going to be close and that we had to win.”

Said Breitinger with a laugh, “Our coach didn’t tell us [the team score]—too much pressure! But I knew that this match would always be close. Broadneck is a good team. It made it more exciting.”

The traditional rivalry between the schools in all sports found an apt battleground on the tennis courts this spring, as both teams entered the day undefeated as the county’s top two squads. Severna Park ran its record to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in county competition, while Broadneck dropped to 7-1.

PHOTO GALLERY: 4.28.17 Severna Park vs. Broadneck tennis

The Bruins got off to a good start on the day, which made for the exciting finish as both teams and their families crowded around the courts and cheered on their teams during the last two doubles matches. Broadneck’s Finn Garner kept his perfect season record intact with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Severna Park’s Marshall Hageman in the boys no. 1 singles match, while Gavin Reagle earned another point for Broadneck with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Veeraj Shah in the boys no. 2 singles match. The Bruins’ no. 2 boys doubles team of Spencer Dykstra and Sam Sheets topped Kyler Norton and Alex Kulvivat 6-2, 6-2 to give Broadneck its final total.

Severna Park was buoyed by sophomore Abby Moghtader’s 6-0, 6-1 win over Torie Brown in the girls no. 1 singles match, while freshman Miriam Moghtader defeated Maia Brown 6-0, 6-0 in the girls no. 2 singles match. The Falcons’ Jake Larson and Andrew Province defeated Harrison Brown and Max Misner 6-2, 6-0 to take the boys no. 1 doubles match, and the Falcon duo of Emma Brindley and Maddie Altman defeated Ella Levicki and Megan Wiles 6-1, 6-1 in the girls no. 2 match.

Severna Park has now won an astounding 136 consecutive regular-season matches dating back to 2005, another motivating factor for Appel and Breitinger pulling out their win.

“We have our winning record, and I didn’t want to lose it this year, not ever, not now, so it was important we won our match,” said Appel. “We didn’t want to lose the streak to Broadneck. This is one of the strongest teams they’ve had, so I think we played really good all around today.”

Both teams shuffled their lineups to maximize potential points against the other, and Severna Park has gotten contributions in previous victories this season from Alicia Nottrott, Cooper Clark, Olivia Altman, Jacob Herman and Hannah Welle to help maintain the team’s winning ways.

“We do have some youth on the team, and for them to come in and assimilate so well and buy into the team culture, it’s great,” said Severna Park head coach Jessica Goodman. “The dedication everyone has to this team is awesome. It’s about heart and fight, and they showed all that today, and it’s a pleasure to coach them.”

Goodman added that the Falcons have won the county and region championship four straight years and hope to make it a fifth this season.

“The team, we ask them to set goals for themselves, and this year was no different,” she said. “Our goal is to go undefeated, win counties and win regionals, and to get more kids to states than we did last year. It’s definitely possible. These kids are only limited by their own potential. They’re extraordinary. I’m really proud of how they’ve played.”

Broadneck coach Kathy Perrotta was likewise searching for the optimal lineup against the Falcons. Perrotta noted the Bruins’ depth—all 40 of the team’s players get at least one varsity match throughout the season—and said the team has displayed spirit and camaraderie as it hopes to excel at counties, regions and states, and advance the program from season to season.

 “We don’t have many seniors that will be leaving us this year,” Perotta said. “We also have some solid younger players contributing to an impressive team that will continue to dominate in the county for years to come.”

PHOTO GALLERY: 4.28.17 Severna Park vs. Broadneck tennis

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