Churchill freshman Jared Pinsky has accomplished quite a bit as a 14-year-old. He is ranked fourth nationally in his age group, and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region.
He added another title to his resume yesterday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ryan Lissner of Centennial to capture the Maryland boys' singles title at the University of Maryland. Despite his success on the national junior tennis scene, Pinsky had been shut out of the top prizes during his first high school season.
Earlier this month, he lost in the Montgomery County semifinals to eventual champion Michael Goodwin. He also lost to Goodwin in the Region II championship.
"I was waiting for this moment," Pinsky said. "I was finally able to come through to get the win at the right moment in the biggest tournament of the season."
Leading 5-4 in the first set, Pinsky got the break he needed in the final game when Lissner made two unforced errors. Up to that point, Pinsky had struggled behind a shaky forehand, which is usually his strongest weapon.
Pinsky broke Lissner in the final game again in the second set. Lissner sent a backhand long on match point and suffered his first loss in 27 matches this season.
"I had him back in the first bunch of games," said Lissner, who won the Howard County and Maryland Region III titles. "But then I just think I started to hit shorter, and he became more aggressive."
In the boys' doubles final, Jeffery Luse and Nima Ossareh of Whitman defeated Oliver Gaines and B.J. Sky of Walter Johnson, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4. Luse entered the doubles with Ossareh after not qualifying for the singles championship. The duo had practiced little together before eliminating the top-seeded pair of Zach Chavitz and Andrew Kaye of Pikesville in the semifinals.
"It was just an ugly first set" in the final, Luse said. "We played really badly. But we knew if we could make fewer mistakes, we could get back into the match."
Walter Johnson's Jacquie Foelster and Larry Tran brought Montgomery County its fourth title out of five finals yesterday, defeating Katrina Aben and Eric Sundstrom of Paint Branch, 6-1, 6-1, in the mixed doubles championship.
"It definitely shows that Montgomery has some of the finest tennis in the area, and some of the best in the country," Luse said. "It shows the level of tennis in the county is unbelievable."