Ocean City Today

SD tennis players ready for districts

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 11, 2017

(May 12, 2017) Eight Stephen Decatur tennis players will participate in the District VIII tournament, scheduled for Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, in Cambridge.

Junior Laila Mirza will compete in the girls’ singles division, while sophomore Jonathan Petito battles in the boys’ singles tournament. Petito is seeded eighth and Mirza 13th.

Sophomore Grace Beres and senior Megan McConnell will team up for doubles action. They are seeded 13th.

On the boys’ side, senior captain Brennan Holloway and sophomore Trevor Hayes will pair up for doubles competition. They received the No. 14 seed.

Senior captains Kat Harrell and Josh Domingo will come together for mixed doubles during the district tournament. They are seeded 11th.

This is Domingo’s third District VIII tournament appearance. Mirza and Harrell have participated in the event twice. Everyone else will make their tournament debut.

Decatur coaches Jamie Greenwood and Steve Berquist said they are expecting some stiff competition.

“We finished the season incredible. We’re playing well going into districts,” Berquist said of the Decatur boys. “I’m excited about where we are going into the tournament.”

Berquist said Domingo is playing the best tennis he has all season right now.

“Josh is a strong player, Kat is a strong player, they’re both seniors,” Greenwood added. “I’m hoping they really come together.”

Berquist is pleased with Petito’s seed and confident he can win his first match. Greenwood said Mirza will have a tough first round, but she is playing well.

Hayes has been the most improved player on the boys’ squad this season, Berquist said. He paired Holloway with Hayes because he has experience and provides senior leadership.

“I think [Holloway] will be able to get the most out of [Hayes],” Berquist said. “They work well together on the court.”

Greenwood said Beres and McConnell have experience playing together, which bodes well for the tournament.

For the Seahawks to be successful, Berquist said they must be prepared to play best-two-out-of-three matches. During the season, they play a single eight-game pro set each competition.

“I think we can win some first-round matches. They need to be prepared to grind it out a little longer than they’re used to,” he said.



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