Wor. Prep tennis teams top Gunston; girls also beat DC
(April 7, 2017) The Worcester Prep tennis teams won all of their matches during Monday’s competition against the Gunston Day Herons in Centreville.
Earning victories at first through fifth singles for the Worcester boys’ squad were sophomore Will Todd (8-0), senior captain Adam Pizza (8-2), sophomore Dominic Anthony (8-0), junior Brenner Maull (8-6) and sophomore Colin Miller (8-1).
Senior captain Zach Wilson and sophomore Cameron Hill won their first doubles match 8-3. Sophomores Graham Hammond and Matt Wilson topped their second doubles opponent 8-3.
“Players are beginning to employ more tactics into their match play,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “I am very pleased that they are adjusting to the opponents. Big test coming with [James M.] Bennett and the Bayside [Conference] format.”
For the Lady Mallards, freshman Annika Larsen (8-1), junior Anchita Batra (8-1), freshman Abi Plylar (8-0), sophomore Maya Nateson (8-0) and junior Sammy Wolpin (8-0) won their first through fifth singles matches, respectively.
Both doubles teams shut out their opponents 8-0. Senior captain Eva Parks and junior Hope Sens teamed up for first doubles. Freshmen Saylor McGuiness and Mesa Cammack partnered for second doubles competition.
“The girls played really well,” Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said. “I was pleased with the progress all have made. [It’s the] third match of the season and each is working on adding skills to [their] toolbox. With three matches this week, we got off to a good start.”
The girls’ squad also had a competition on Wednesday. The Mallards hosted the Delmarva Christian Royals and came out on top 7-0.
Larsen’s first singles competition was a back-and-forth battle. Trailing 1-4, Larsen fought back to tie the score 4-4. She fell behind by two, but prevailed. With the score tied 7-all, Larsen won the next two to take the match 9-7.
“It was just staying in the point and making sure to keep the ball in play,” Hudson said. “That’s what it came down to. She’s a freshman and it was the first time she faced that level of competition and she handled it well.”
Batra, Plylar and senior Lauren Meoli shut out their second, third and fourth singles opponents respectively, 8-0.
Sens, playing in her first varsity singles match, took down her fifth singles opponent 8-1.
McGuiness and Cammack outscored their first doubles competition 8-0. Seniors Jamie Gittelman and Lauren Gosnear scored an 8-3 victory at second doubles.
Worcester will face the James M. Bennett Clippers in Salisbury today, Friday, at 4 p.m.