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Decatur tennis teams both log 5-2 wins over Pocomoke

By Lisa Capitelli | Mar 29, 2018
Stephen Decatur sophomore Austin Marple plays the ball back to his Pocomoke opponent during Tuesday’s competition in Berlin. He lost 8-3, but Decatur won 5-2 overall.

(March 30, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both won 5-2 over the Pocomoke Warriors on Tuesday in Berlin.

Juniors Trevor Hayes and Jonathan Petito won their first and second singles matches, 8-1 and 8-5 respectively.

“Trevor and Jonathan showed why they are one and two,” said Decatur Coach Steve Berquist. “They were strong and controlled their matches.”

Hayes and Petito teamed up for first doubles and earned an 8-2 victory.

Juniors Aaron Campbell and Omar Omar won their second doubles match 8-2. Freshman Colin Porter and junior Kyle Shelton took their third doubles match 8-1.

“We came out and played well,” Berquist said. “They played good tennis. The time they spent in the cold and wind the last few weeks, today was a nice break. They took advantage and they enjoyed themselves. They were having fun out there.”

Berquist said the new players looked confident during their varsity tennis debut.

“I was pleasantly surprised. The four new kids played well,” he said. “It was really encouraging to see, and fun.”

Coach Jamie Greenwood thought the Lady Seahawks played OK, but made some mental errors.

“We made a lot of unforced errors. We hit long or into the net and just the fundamental things, really,” he said.

Senior captain Jessie Lupiwok and sophomore Sarah Haskell won their third and fourth singles matches, 8-1 and 8-0, respectively.

Junior captain Grace Beres and sophomore Laura Meadows earned an 8-4 victory at first doubles.

Seniors Delaney Sites and Amelia Nickell outscored their second doubles opponent 8-4.

Junior Abby Crisanti and senior Fallon Brown came out on top 8-2 at third doubles.

“I think doubles went better than singles. They just played better together than as singles,” Greenwood said. “We made a lot of careless errors individually, where they can pick each other up and there’s a safety net there with doubles.”

Decatur will take a trip to Salisbury to play the James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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