(June 18, 2021) It only took Stephen Decatur junior Noah Fisher about 35 minutes to win the 2A East Region championship title, last Saturday at Harford Community College in Bel Air.
Fisher headed across the bridge the night before, instead of having to get up very early to make the 2.5- to three-hour drive before he had to compete. Fisher said he got a good night’s sleep, and when he woke up he was ready to play.
“I was very excited and pumped to play. I stuck with my plan and didn’t need to change anything. It worked as I thought it would,” said Fisher, who defeated his opponent, 6-0, 6-0. “I focused on what I needed to do and I played my game.”
Fisher thought he served well, he kept the ball in play and was consistent.
“Our section [2A East Section II] was really strong and I think that prepared Noah really well for the region[al competition],” said Decatur Coach Steve Berquist. “He was just all business. He went out and was all business … Noah is a gracious winner and a good sportsman.”
There are now four players remaining in the 2A state tournament. Fisher, the east champion, is slated to battle the west winner, Jae Yi of Poolesville, today, Friday, at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center in Columbia.
“He’s a baseline, groundstroke player pretty much. He plays a pretty consistent game of tennis,” Berquist said of Fisher. “It will be interesting to see [what type of player] he matches up with. Everybody at this point is really good.”
South and north champions, David Yum (Westlake) and William Pallan (Hereford) will go head-to-head in the other state semifinals. The winner of each match will battle the following day for the state championship.
“I’m excited for the state semis. It’s been a goal of mine since I entered high school,” Fisher said.
This week, Fisher said he was going to work on his game and tweak what he needed to in order to be ready for Friday’s match.
Berquist said for Fisher to be successful, he needs to stay positive and hungry.
“I’ve coached a long time and I don’t get excited that often, but I told Noah and his dad, it’s exciting for me to be a part of it,” Berquist said.
Chris Zielinski was the last male singles player to win a state title for Decatur. He captured the championship in 1998.