Freshman Kelly Lai, the No. 1 girls' singles player for Lackey, hasn't lost a set or match this season.
Lai defeated Thomas Stone's Leilani Ireland, 6-1, 6-2, Monday in the same dominant fashion she has exhibited all season. And even as the Chargers dropped their first match as a team Saturday against Leonardtown, 6-3, Lai won her contest, 6-2, 6-0.
"She's just a fighter," Lackey Coach Ken Griffith said. "She gets into the match and plays hard. She doesn't give up."
Griffith said Lai has adjusted to Southern Maryland Athletic Conference competition, but her all-court game could be pushed in the season's second half, when the Chargers face Northern, Calvert and Westlake.
No. 2 boys' singles player Charles Fullerton has joined Lai in the undefeated ranks, going 5-0 in his senior season. Fullerton has improved timing on his ground strokes and become a steadier player, and against Thomas Stone he broke Patrick Magdon's serve twice to secure a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
The No. 2 doubles pair of Lisa Sakaio and Allison Ferris, also undefeated, has factored significantly into the Chargers' winning season.
Still, Griffith said he is not ready to declare the season a raving success, preferring that his players concentrate on each match as it comes.
Double Take for Westlake
Behind the strength of its No. 1 and No. 2 girls' doubles teams, Westlake began the first half of the season 4-5.
The No. 1 team of seniors Megan Wise and Katie Smith is undefeated (9-0) this season, and the No. 2 team of junior Kelly Smith and sophomore Amanda Hinshaw is 8-1.
The doubles teams' consistency gives the Wolverines a mental edge going into matches, with teammates expecting them to win.
"We always rely on them to win," Westlake co-head coach Julia Goldberg said. "Both teams guarantee us at least two matches. It's nice to know what you're going to get."
In their second season together, Wise and Katie Smith attack from the baseline as well as the net. Smith owns a powerful serve and solid ground strokes, and Wise smothers the net with strong volleying.
Kelly Smith and Hinshaw also play well together, and could move into the No. 1 spot if necessary this season, Goldberg said. They trade sets with Wise and Katie Smith in practice.
The Wolverines have defeated Great Mills, Calvert and La Plata twice, but lost to McDonough and Leonardtown, teams they'll face again in the coming weeks.
Calvert Shows Stamina
Calvert downed Great Mills, 6-3, on Saturday, holding on to win after four matches went to three sets.
The Cavaliers' Paul Ewing staved off two match points to beat the Hornets' Brian Gober, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5-2).
Calvert's No. 2 doubles tandem of Matt Hazelton and Teddy Karol won, 2-6, 7-6 (2-5), 7-5, over Scott Woodburn and Robbie Champine, breaking Woodburn and Champine three times as they served for the match in the second and third sets.
The Hornets are 1-6 this season.