Eleanor Roosevelt junior Whitney Ambush finished second in the Region III girls' singles tournament this past Saturday, earning a berth in the state tournament that begins Friday in College Park.
Ambush, who dominated Prince George's County competition this season, advanced to the regional final, where she lost to Glenelg's Julia Facchina, 6-1, 6-0. All regional finalists advance to the state tournament.
"She's got a shot to win a couple matches," said Roosevelt Coach Brendan O'Connell, who believes Ambush is the first girls' singles player from the county to advance to the state tournament in several years. Facchina "is as good as it gets. [Ambush] played her tough. It was 1 and 0, but she played her a lot tougher than that."
It was the first loss of the season for Ambush, who was 9-0 during the regular season and lost a total of only seven games.
After winning the regional team title the past two seasons, Roosevelt finished third this season behind champion Glenelg and runner-up River Hill. The Raiders were helped by third-place finishes by sophomore Alec Enkiri in boys' singles, and sophomore Mike Murchison and senior Laura Jacob in mixed doubles.
The girls' doubles team of Evie Grayson and LaToshia Bost from C.H. Flowers and the mixed doubles team of Bowie's Jared Betts and Christine Ocampos-Barry both finished fourth.
"I'm happy with [third] this year because we have 20 kids on our team, and 15 of them are freshmen and sophomores," O'Connell said. "We lost a ton of people. I think as young as we are this year, I'm happy with how they played. There is room to build."
Roosevelt played this season without senior Michael Coleman, who lost in the state final last season. He opted not to play this season as he prepares to play for Maryland.
"He's just too good," O'Connell said. "We can't offer him as much in practice as he gets training at the Tennis Center in College Park every day like he does."
Stags Wins 3rd Straight WCAC Title
DeMatha won its third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys' tennis title earlier this month -- the Stags' eighth title in nine years.
Juniors Leon Vessells-Grigsby, Tsiyamo Sobukwe and Richard Samsky claimed championships in the No. 2, 3 and 4 singles' tournaments, respectively. Junior Aaron Carr, who won the No. 1 singles title last season, lost in the final.
Vessells-Grigsby and Carr won the No. 1 doubles title, and Sobukwe and Samsky lost in the No. 2 doubles final.