SPRING 2008 ALL-MET

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First Team | Honorable Mention

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What Does It Take to Be an All-Met?
The Washington Post's scholastic sports staff asked, and All-Mets answered:
Drew Courtney, Nobu Tanaka and Zach Nicholson

Player of the Year / Coach of the Year

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Drew Courtney | Robinson » Sr.
The three-time All-Met and two-time defending Virginia AAA champion captured his third consecutive Northern Region individual title and fourth consecutive doubles title, leading Robinson to the team crown. He is ranked 10th nationally by the U.S. Tennis Association in boys’ 18-and-under singles. Will play for Virginia.
» Favorite piece of equipment: His racket
“You have to have it to play, and it’s just what I spend the most amount of my time with,” Courtney said. “I rotate through a few of them.”

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ariel Laguilles | Gonzaga
Without any dominant players, the second-year coach and former Purple Eagles player built a WCAC champion around depth. Gonzaga won titles at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. The Purple Eagles won 131 of their 144 individual matches in regular season WCAC play.


First Team

Sidarth Balaji Chris Goodwin Zachary Nicholson
Fairfax » Jr. Rockville » Sr. DeMatha » Sr.
Team captured the Concorde District doubles title, and repeat All-Met was Virginia AAA Northern Region singles runner-up for second consecutive season. Ranked fourth in USTA boys’ 18-and-under Mid-Atlantic region singles. Lost just seven games in four state tournament matches to win second Maryland championship. Will play for Emory.Repeat All-Met advanced to third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference No. 1 singles final. Also paired with Eric Ward to win the WCAC No. 1 doubles title. Will play for Navy.


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Zach Pine Nobu Tanaka Sam Wichlin
Flint Hill » Sr. St. John’s » Sr. Mount Hebron » Jr.
Repeat All-Met was top Virginia private school player, with only loss coming to Robinson’s Drew Courtney. Led Flint Hill to third consecutive Virginia Independent School Division I title. Will play for Virginia Tech. After losing in finals of WCAC tournament two years in a row, Tanaka followed undefeated regular season with No. 1 singles title in the conference tournament. Will play for Longwood. Lost only one set en route to Howard County and Region V championships. Fell to Chris Goodwin in Maryland boys’ final.


Honorable Mention

Arnaud Ba, Wilson, Sr.; John Collins, DeMatha, Jr.; Jimmy Davis, Stonewall Jackson, So.; Kareem Farah, Potomac School, Jr.; Matt Feeley, Potomac School, Sr.; John Healey, Atholton, So.; Ryan Jenks, Gonzaga, Sr.; Morgan Joyce, Annapolis, Fr.; Stephen Law, Briar Woods, Sr.; Mike Lesko, Linganore, Sr.; Jason Luu, Fairfax, Fr.; Chris Ly, Patuxent, Sr.; Kirby Mayo, Whitman, Sr.; Charles Murphy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fr.; Jonathan Pine, Flint Hill, Sr.; Chris Seckman, Bullis, Sr.; Neil Soni, Northwest, Jr.; Mike Stevenson, Bowie, Sr.; Felix Sun, Churchill, Jr.; Malik Waleed, Gonzaga, Sr.; Steven Woody, Broadneck, Jr.

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