Girls’ tennis team tops DC; WP boys’ edge out Parkside
(April 14, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ tennis team won 7-0 over the Delmarva Christian Royals in Lewes, Delaware, on Wednesday, while the boys’ squad edged out the Parkside Rams 4-3 in Berlin.
During Worcester’s competition against Delmarva Christian last week in Berlin, Prep freshman Annika Larsen had a back-and-forth battle with Melanie Williams at first singles. This week she came out on top 8-2.
“Annika played an excellent match. She got behind last time, she picked up some tips and this week went up 3-0 to start,” said Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson.
Junior Anchita Batra outscored her second singles opponent 8-0.
Delmarva Christian forfeited the third, fourth and fifth singles matches to Worcester.
Senior captains Stormy McGuiness and Eva Parks trailed 0-3, but fought back and pulled ahead 6-3 during their first doubles match. They won 8-4.
Freshmen Saylor McGuiness and Mesa Cammack shut out their second doubles opponents 8-0.
“They played very well. I was pleased,” Hudson said. “The girls stepped up and executed their game plan.
“We have four matches [the week of April 24-28] then three the week after so we talked about strategy and conditioning,” Hudson continued. “That’s half of our season in two weeks.”
Despite Wednesday’s competition against Parkside being just a scrimmage, Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler was happy to come away with a 4-3 victory over the perennial powerhouse.
“We played pretty well. We battled them,” Underkoffler said. “It was a good showing on our part to play them that hard. It was good for our program.”
Sophomore Dominic Anthony topped his third singles opponent 8-1 and junior Brenner Maull won his fourth singles match 8-3.
Maull teamed up with sophomore Colin Miller for second doubles action. They edged out their competition 8-4.
Anthony and senior captain Zach Wilson took down their third doubles opponent 8-2.
“I think we’re progressing really well,” Underkoffler said. “We’re implementing strategies, playing to strengths and adapting.”
Worcester will host the James M. Bennett Clippers at 4 p.m., Friday, April 21.