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SD tennis players to participate in Dist. VIII tourney

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 10, 2018

(May 11, 2018) Eight Stephen Decatur tennis players will participate in the District VIII tournament, scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, in Cambridge.

Sophomore Laura Meadows will compete in the girls’ singles division, while junior captain Trevor Hayes battles in the boys’ singles tournament. Hayes is seeded third and Meadows is eighth.

Hayes played in the first singles spot during the season and Meadows at second singles.

“As one of the top seeds, it will be good for Trevor to play lower seeds early,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “I think he definitely has a chance to win some matches. The goal is to make it to the championships.”

“[Meadows] will be competing against a lot of first singles players, but it going to be a good mix,” Coach Jamie Greenwood said.

Junior Sophia Gordy and sophomore Sarah Haskell, who played second doubles this season, will team up for doubles action during the tournament. They are seeded 14th.

“There’s going to be some stiff competition there,” Greenwood said.

On the boys’ side, senior Frankie Nanna will pair up with sophomore Austin Marple for doubles competition. They received the No. 7 seed.

“They’ll face some stiff competition. It’s usually really competitive,” Berquist said. “Usually the top one and two singles players play doubles.”

Junior captains Grace Beres and Jonathan Petito will come together for mixed doubles during the district tournament. Beres played first singles during the season and Petito second singles.

They are seeded sixth in the tournament.

“Jonathan and Grace have the best chance of advancing to the second day. They’re a good pair,” Greenwood said. “If they’re down, they’re going to keep fighting. Neither of them give up and they communicate well.”

“They both did really well this season,” Berquist said. “The goal is for them to make it to the championships.”

Beres, Petito and Hayes competed in the tournament last year. Everyone else is making his or her district debut.

Decatur plays eight-game pro sets during the season. For districts, it is best two-out-of-three matches, so Greenwood said the players would be preparing for that format during practices leading up to the competition.

Berquist said the boys are confident, at the top of their game right now and are ready for districts.

Greenwood said the girls are playing well and also primed for the tournament.

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