Girls' tennis notebook
Judeh sisters have Churchill poised for title
Monday, October 4, 2010; 12:20 PM
When Churchill won its third consecutive Montgomery County tournament championship last year, the Bulldogs were led by Lauren Pinsky, the county and regional singles champion.
This year, as Churchill aims for a fourth straight title, Pinsky is the No. 3 player on her own team.
Sisters Noor and Laila Judeh joined the squad for their respective senior and junior seasons after not playing for the school team in previous years to focus on their USTA rankings.
With Noor Judeh playing No. 1 singles, Laila Judeh playing No. 2 and Pinsky playing No. 3, the Bulldogs are 7-0 and a strong favorite in Montgomery's Division I.
"I've talked to [the Judeh sisters] ever since they've been freshmen," Churchill Coach Ben Woods said. "You run into them in the hall, you see them, come up to them and ask them how they're doing. The opportunity came up this year with their schedule where it fit. It's obviously worked out."
Churchill's biggest challenger this year is Bethesda-Chevy Chase, a Division I regular season tri-champion last year with Churchill and Whitman.
Anna Rozenberg, Taylor Newman and Emma Baker lead the Barons (8-0), who are the only other remaining undefeated team in Division I.
"It's very competitive at the top this year," Walter Johnson Coach Mike Laukaitis said. "Churchill is loaded and B-CC has at least three top-notch players as well."
Churchill and B-CC were scheduled to play Thursday but were postponed because of rain until Wednesday.
Other top programs in Montgomery include Wootton - whose lineup once again features Megan Hahn, a junior who as a freshman in 2008 won the county and regional singles championship before she opted not to participate in high school tennis last year - Whitman, Blair and Walter Johnson.
The preliminary round of the Montgomery County tournament is scheduled to begin Oct. 18 with the main draw scheduled to run from Oct. 19-22.
Holton-Arms and Stone Ridge are so evenly matched that the top ISL programs need to wait an extra week to determine the winner of their first head-to-head encounter.