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Decatur tennis teams earn victories over Washington

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 03, 2018

(May 4, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ tennis team shut out the Washington Jaguars, 7-0, while the Lady Seahawks won, 5-2, on Monday in Princess Anne.

With a few of the Decatur starters unable to attend, the rest of the boys moved up in the lineup.

Junior captain Jonathan Petito, playing in the first singles spot, earned an 8-1 victory. Sophomore Austin Marple stepped into the No. 2 spot and came out on top, 8-2.

Freshman Aaron Cohen and junior Aaron Campbell usually play doubles, but on Monday they competed at third and fourth singles, respectively. Cohen won 8-4 and Campbell 8-2.

Petito teamed up with Marple for first doubles. The pair took their match 8-2. Freshman Colin Porter and junior Omar Omar won 8-2 at second doubles.

Washington forfeited the third doubles match to Decatur.

“They played really strong. They’re understanding strategy now and they’re playing points with tennis strategy,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “You can see we’ve improved a lot this season. It’s exciting going into the [May 16-17] district tournament.”

The girls’ team won two of the four singles matches and both were tough battles.

Sophomore Sarah Haskell’s third singles competition went back and fourth the entire time. Trailing 6-7, Haskell won the next three to take the match, 9-7.

“It was a good match,” Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “She was consistent and at the end she got her serves in. She continued to improve while her opponent started to make unforced errors.”

Junior Sophia Gordy was also tested. Behind 5-6, Gordy won the next three to come out on top 8-6 at fourth singles.

Junior captain Grace Beres and sophomore Laura Meadows scored an 8-1 victory at first doubles. Seniors Delaney Sites and Amelia Nickell topped their second doubles opponents, 8-3.

Junior Abby Crisanti and senior Fallon Brown won their third doubles match, 8-1.

“I thought they played OK. I was happy with they play overall,” Greenwood said. “A majority of them went to prom, so it was a long weekend for them and they seemed a little tired.”

The District VIII championship will take place May 16-17 in Cambridge. Decatur coaches are working on the lineup for the competition.

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