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ANNAPOLIS -- With all of the other Saturday championship matches done, Leonardtown senior Robert Renfrow and Severna Park freshman Alex Caueneac became the focus match in the boys singles championship at the Region IV tennis tournament at Annapolis High School.
Renfrow had to win his match, which would thrust Leonardtown into first place in team points and deliver the Raiders the Region IV team title a fact Renfrow admitted to gladly not knowing prior to the first serve.
After surviving four match points in the third set, Renfrow eventually won his match, 6-2, 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5). He not only won himself a Region IV championship but helped deliver the Raiders a team title by one point, 12 to the 11 points of SMAC foe and second-place finisher Great Mills.
Huntingtown finished tied for fifth overall with four team points and Patuxent finished with two team points for seventh overall, respectively.
“I don’t think I’ve ever won a match coming back from that many match points down,” Renfrow admitted. “I am just so happy I won.”
Renfrow was one of three SMAC region champions.
The Great Mills boys doubles duo of Juha Ellonen and Billy Clark won its match in straight sets over a Severna Park duo that came in undefeated on the year and the region’s top seed.
Huntingtown’s Tyler Collins and Rachel Land won the Region IV mixed doubles championship over the 2011 Region IV champions Caleb Fahrner and Dani Gorman from Great Mills, both teams qualifying for the Maryland state tournament.
Also qualifying for the state tournament was Leonardtown’s Ashley Lytle (girls singles) and the duo of Lydia Browne and Kristie Holland from Great Mills (girls doubles).
The state tennis tournament is scheduled to begin preliminary rounds at 10 a.m. Friday at the University of Maryland College Park.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday with consolation and championship matches starting at 1 p.m.