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Worcester Prep tennis teams record victories over Easton

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 05, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep senior captain Anchita Batra’s third singles match was a back-and-forth battle early. Trailing 3-4, she took the next five to win 8-4 over her Easton opponent on Wednesday at the Manklin Meadows courts in Ocean Pines. Worcester’s girls’ team won 6-1.

(April 6, 2018) The Worcester Prep tennis teams didn’t let a little rain at the beginning of competition stop them from rolling to victories over the Easton Warriors on Wednesday.

The Lady Mallards started  matches on their home courts at the Berlin school. Shortly after, rain started to fall and the hard courts became unplayable.

The Prep boys’ squad was playing on the Manklin Meadows courts in Ocean Pines and didn’t get as much rain, so the girls packed up and moved there.

Despite having to play on a different court surface than they’re used to – Worcester has hard courts, while the ones they competed on in Ocean Pines are clay – the Lady Mallards won 6-1.

“They never played on that surface and they did well,” Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said. “I was very happy with how the girls adjusted.”

Sophomores Annika Larsen and Abi Plylar shut out their first and second singles opponents respectively, 8-0.

Senior captain Anchita Batra’s third singles match was a back-and-forth battle early. Trailing 3-4, she took the next five to win 8-4.

Senior captain Hope Sens led 6-4, but fell behind 6-7. She tied it up 7-7 and then won the next two for a 9-7 victory.

“Anchita and Hope came back strong,” Hudson said.

Sophomores Saylor McGuiness and Mesa Cammack topped their first doubles opponents 8-2. Sophomores Kennedy Humes and Korina Gjikuria edged out their second doubles competition 8-3, and Hudson was impressed with their net play.

The Worcester Prep boys’ team won 5-2.

Junior Will Todd was victorious 8-3 at second singles. Brothers, Colin Miller, a junior, and senior captain Brendan Miller outscored their fourth and fifth singles opponents respectively, 8-1.

Juniors Cameron Hill and Graham Hammond took their first doubles match 8-1. Freshmen Ryan Brafman and Ben Brandt came out on top 8-2 at second doubles.

“The wind was definitely a factor. They had to adjust to it and they did well,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “I was pretty pleased. They were consistent and battled through the wind.”

Worcester will travel to Salisbury to take on the James M. Bennett Clippers, today, Friday, at 4 p.m.

 

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