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SD girls’ tennis team wins 4-3 over Parkside

Lady Seahawks also top Indians this week; boys’ squad takes down Wi-Hi
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Josh Domingo sprints to the ball during his first singles match on Monday. He lost 8-3 to his Parkside opponent.

(April 14, 2017) The Stephen Decatur girls’ tennis team edged out the Parkside Rams, 4-3, on Monday in Berlin and then shut out the Wicomico Indians, 7-0, on Wednesday in Salisbury. Decatur’s boys’ squad also topped Wicomico 7-0.

Senior captain Katrina Harrell and partner Laila Mirza, a junior, won their second doubles match 8-1. Seniors Mallory Vara and Olivia Rorke took their third doubles match 8-3.

Harrell also won her singles match. She topped her third singles opponent 8-2.

The competition came down to the fourth singles match, which Decatur senior Megan McConnell won 9-7. McConnell led early, but then fell behind. She bounced back to come out ahead 9-7.

The victory was big for the Lady Seahawks against a perennial Bayside Conference powerhouse. After losing 1-6 to Parkside on March 21, Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood mixed around the line-up a bit for different match-ups with the Rams. Winning deuces was also a huge part of the win.

“When you have the advantage, you have to win points,” he said. “It’s important to win when it goes to deuce.”

On Wednesday against Wi-Hi, the girls easily won their matches.

Mirza (8-1), sophomore Grace Beres (8-1), McConnell (8-3) and Vara (8-1) earned victories at first through fourth singles, respectively.

Beres and McConnell took their first doubles match 8-1. Mirza and junior Jessie Lupiwok outscored their second doubles opponents 8-3. Vara and Rorke won their third doubles match 8-2.

“We played well. We kept the ball in play and rallies weren’t a high number of hits,” Greenwood said. “They took advantage of going to deuce and were committed to winning. They ran [Wicomico] from one side of the court to the other.”

Seniors Josh Domingo (8-3) and Egor Reznikov (8-2), sophomore Jonathan Petito (8-4) and senior Brennan Holloway (8-3) won their first through fourth singles matches, respectively.

Holloway and sophomore Trevor Hayes edged out their first doubles opponent 8-4. Domingo and Petito scored an 8-3 victory at second doubles. Wi-Hi forfeited the third doubles match.

“We’re doing well this year,” said Decatur Coach Steve Berquist. “We’re a senior-heavy team and you can tell. They’re focused and mature. I’ve seen big improvements, especially in their confidence and ability to win points.”

Decatur’s next match is against Snow Hill on Friday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in Berlin.

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