All-Met senior Treat Huey capped a remarkable tennis career at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes yesterday with another victory over Landon ace Farhat Muhawi, another Ben Johns Invitational tournament title and another perfect season.
Huey won his 30th consecutive match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Muhawi in the No. 1 singles final at Episcopal. It gave him his third consecutive Ben Johns title and third consecutive undefeated season, and it closed a chapter on a storied rivalry with Muhawi, a standout player in his own right. Although often tested, Huey has not lost to Muhawi in three seasons.
"We've always had some good matches," Huey said. "He just ruins the rhythm. He does so well at mixing up every ball -- the spin, the pace. He does everything. . . . I've always had the mental advantage only because he has never beaten me."
The University of Virginia-bound Huey needed every bit of his mental fortitude yesterday to get past Muhawi. Huey broke Muhawi in the ninth game of the first set to take a 5-4 lead. He then captured the next game and set behind a powerful serve and volley game.
In the second set, Muhawi took a 4-2 lead after breaking Huey in the second and fourth game. But Huey immediately broke back and held to tie the set at 4. He broke Muhawi again in the eighth and held serve to win the match.
"It's just good to know that I had someone that good to play," said Muhawi, an All-Met who will play for William & Mary. "We both feed off each other's game and make each other better. It didn't turn out the way I wanted. But it has been good."
The points that Muhawi and his teammates earned in the tournament led Landon to its fourth consecutive team title with 47 points. Bullis edged Georgetown Prep by one point for second in the tournament with 33 points, while St. Albans finished fourth with 28.
Landon's Elliott Bisnow won the No. 2 singles title with a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Ming Kuang of St. Albans, and Landon swept all three doubles finals. Landon's Jack Fornaciari and Michael McNair won No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alberto Sevilla-Sacasa of Georgetown Prep, 6-3, 6-2. Gutaim Sudhaker and Tim Watson took No. 2 doubles with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Georgetown Prep's Justin Hartley and Connor Fleury.
Landon's Chris Slaby and Shani Weerekoon won No. 3 doubles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Georgetown Prep's Andres Panza and Andy Galdi.
"The school got real lucky with several top players competing for it over the past four years," Bisnow said. "Three of us are graduating and it's been a great four years. Our team is full of nice guys who are willing to do just about anything for the team."