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Decatur tennis teams earn wins over Wi-Hi, Pocomoke

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur junior Aaron Campbell took the court with his first doubles partner, Omar Omar, during Wednesday's competition against Wicomico in Berlin.

(April 27, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ and boys’ tennis teams picked up wins over the Pocomoke Warriors and Wicomico Indians this week.

The Decatur squads headed down the road to Pocomoke on Monday. The boys’ team came out on top 6-1.

“We played very well,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “It’s been a really good season.”

Junior captains Trevor Hayes and Jonathan Petito earned 8-2 and 8-3 victories, respectively, at first and second singles. They teamed up for first doubles competition and won, 8-2.

“The top two continue to have a great season,” Berquist said.

Sophomore Austin Marple outscored his fourth singles opponent, 8-4.

Juniors Omar Omar and Aaron Campbell took their second doubles match, 8-4. Freshmen Aaron Cohen and Colin Porter edged out their third doubles opponents, 8-3.

The Lady Seahawks won 5-2.

Sophomore Sarah Haskell and junior Sophia Gordy shut out, 8-0, their third and fourth singles competition, respectively.

Sophomore Laura Meadows had more of a challenge in her second singles match, which was a back-and-fourth battle from the start. Meadows trailed 5-7, but fought back to tie the score 8-8 and force a tiebreaker set. She topped her opponent 8-6 in the tiebreaker.

“She’s been in a lot of close matches this season,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “She really put her head down and played well.”

After expending so much energy during her singles match, Meadows had to take the court for first doubles action with junior captain Gracie Beres. The match also went into a tiebreaker set. Decatur lost, 6-8.

Haskell and Gordy recorded an 8-1 victory at second doubles. Seniors Amelia Nickell and Delaney Sites edged out their third doubles competition, 8-5.

“I can see improvement in the girls, so we’re moving in the right direction,” Greenwood said.

Wicomico came to Berlin on Wednesday.

The Decatur boys’ team won 6-1. Hayes (8-2), Petito (8-5) and senior Frankie Nanna (8-2) recorded victories at first through third singles.

Omar and Campbell moved up to first doubles for the competition. Despite a solid performance, they lost 5-8 to Wicomico’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players who teamed up for doubles.

“They played really well. It was a good experience for them,” Berquist said. “Normally, they play second doubles and they’ve been doing well there.”

Because of a limited lineup, Wicomico forfeited the fourth singles match and the second and third doubles competitions to Decatur.

Berquist said the Seahawks were excited to compete, especially on a nice day.

“They played well,” he said. “I’m proud of these kids.”

Berquist said he could see the improvement his players have made throughout the season and Assistant Coach Jonathan Hastings is a big part of that.

“The kids are having fun out there and you can definitely see the benefits of having an extra coach working with us,” Berquist said.

The Lady Seahawks won 6-1. Beres (8-3), Meadows (8-4), Haskell (8-2) and Gordy (8-2) topped their first through fourth singles opponents.

Senior captain Jessie Lupiwok and junior Abby Crisanti outscored their second doubles competition, 8-2. Freshmen Kaitlyn Mourlas and PJ Venezia-Westphal were victorious, 8-3, at third doubles.

“We played pretty well. The girls that don’t usually get on the court played and I was pleasantly surprised,” Greenwood said. “Everyone played pretty well to dominate Wi-Hi.”

Decatur will play the Washington Jaguars at 4 p.m. on Monday in Princess Anne, then face Worcester Prep on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Berlin. The girls’ teams will compete on Decatur’s courts and boys’ will play on Worcester’s.

 

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