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South River’s Vanessa Mellynchuk, Severn’s Matthew McNair named Capital Gazette Tennis Players of the Year

South River's Vanessa Mellynchuk, Severn's Matthew McNair named Capital Gazette Tennis Players of the Year

There were no imperfections on two of Anne Arundel County’s top tennis players when play finished June 19.

South River senior Vanessa Mellynchuk left an enduring heritage on the province government funded school tennis scene, completing unbeaten over her four-year varsity profession. Her last match, a copies challenge with individual senior Alison Bach, finished with a state title.

Severn School junior Matthew McNair made his imprint by completing 17-0 in singles in directing the Admirals to the title match in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference group competition.

Those perfect outcomes empowered Mellynchuk to be chosen the Girls Tennis Player of the Year for the second time in her secondary school profession and McNair to procure the Boys Tennis Player of the Year from the Capital Gazette.

Mellynchuk moved through all the government funded school rivalry in singles for most of the prior year changing to pairs for the significant match against Severna Park. Mellynchuk and Bach helped the Seahawks rout the Falcons, 6-3. That finished Severna Park’s 169-match series of wins over district government funded school adversaries.

The pair lost only one game more than four matches to catch the Class 4A young ladies duplicates state title.

“This feels incredible. I’m truly eager to get this. This is a significant privilege to be perceived with this,” Mellynchuk said. “I didn’t do this by itself. I’m very eager to get the acknowledgment of an incredible season.”

Mellynchuk arrived at the state elimination rounds in singles as a sophomore in 2019 preceding tumbling to inevitable state champion Ayana Akli of Wheaton. She bounced back to beat Kennedy Smith of Annapolis, 6-3, 6-3, to complete in third spot.

The Annapolis inhabitant’s street with Bach was a lot less difficult as the pair got a first-round bye then, at that point blew through the combos of Grace Warner and Lylah Mudd from Severna Park, Sarah and Savannah Gladwell of Leonardtown and Presley Carol and Marina Kim from Howard — each of the 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets.

Bach and Mellynchuk finished the run by crushing Abigail Chen and Isabella Kaplan from Walt Whitman, 6-0, 6-1.

“I generally needed to do duplicates sooner or later for states. Me and Alison planned to do it last year, but since of COVID we never found the opportunity,” Mellynchuk said. “This was our last chance to will play pairs. We’ve generally known one another. We did junior competitions growing up. We figured it would be a smart thought to feel free to attempt to get the title for pairs.”

It denoted the first run through any individual from the South River tennis program caught a state title.

“It was quite cool. We were all lovely energized,” South River mentor Leanne Barton said of the authentic achievement.

Barton, who played expertly in Australia, said the choice to play duplicates for the postseason was Mellynchuk’s and not directed by the mentor.

“Vanessa never minded who I put her on the court with. She’s simply an inside and out exceptionally pleasant player and young lady,” Barton said. “Her and Alison said that in the event that they went to provinces or states, they needed to play together.”

McNair and the Admirals denoted their passageway into the A Conference by going unbeaten through the standard season. Severn then, at that point crushed Mount Saint Joseph in the quarterfinals and Loyola Blakefield in the elimination rounds prior to losing to Gilman, 4-1, with McNair acquiring the solitary triumph.

McNair’s last match came against Gilman’s top player, Rohan Milak, whom he dispatched the same way he did an alternate adversary during the ordinary season. He had crushed Andrew Hannan as the Admirals staggered the Greyhounds, 3-2, finishing their 72-match series of wins.

The Annapolis Area Christian School move confronted the top player from most of groups and dealt with each match in step while heading to the advancement season.

“This is an honor, without a doubt. I’m extremely honored to be picked for this honor. This is extraordinary for our school, as well,” said McNair, whose sibling Daniel is likewise an individual from the group and went 14-3 on the year.

“The greater part of my prosperity this year can be credited to my mentors, my partners and simply everything by and by, all the assistance I got and every one of my colleagues lifting me up on the court each and every point. Simply the energy assisted me with bringing through and let me play my best tennis every one of the occasions.”

Severn School mentor Cathy Officer, who just finished her seventeenth season, noticed that McNair was a positive impact on the whole program in his first season.

“He was an astonishing pioneer for the group. Amazingly committed and dedicated practically speaking. Mind boggling sportsmanship,” Officer said. “Simply a great chief for our program in general. He addressed himself very well as a contender. Extremely searing in his mentality on the court. Gets extremely invigorated when he hits a decent shot. He’s amusing to watch.”

Official said McNair viewed each match in a serious way and never thought little of any rivals. The Severna Park occupant’s season-long execution was especially great considering he climbed from the B Conference level.

“He generally came prepared constantly to play. As the season went on, the tension built, however he took care of it quite well,” Officer said.

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