Ocean City Today

WP tennis teams eye ESIAC titles

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 10, 2018

(May 11, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ tennis team finished the regular season on Monday with a 7-0 victory over the Delmarva Christian Royals in Georgetown, Delaware.

“The girls played great. They stepped up today,” Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said after the competition. “They were focused and did a great job of staying in the point. A lot of them were quite long rallies.”

Sophomores Annika Larsen (8-3) and Abi Plylar (8-3), senior captains Anchita Batra (8-2) and Hope Sens (8-5), and junior Maya Natesan (8-4) won their first through fifth singles matches, respectively.

Sophomore Mesa Cammack and freshman Summer Walker took their first doubles match, 8-2. Sophomores Kennedy Humes and Korina Gjikuria outscored their second doubles opponent, 8-4.

“I was pleased with their last match,” Hudson said. “The girls finished strong.”

The Lady Mallards went undefeated, 16-0, this year, while the boys’ squad finished 11-0.

The Prep teams will compete in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship tournament on Saturday on the Salisbury University courts, beginning at 11 a.m.

Five teams – Worcester, Gunston Day, Salisbury School, Delmarva Christian and Saints Peter & Paul  – will compete in the girls’ tournament. The boys’ competition will include Worcester, Gunston and Salisbury School.

Larsen, Plylar and Natesan will play singles. Batra and Sens; sophomore Saylor McGuiness and Cammack; and Humes and Gjikuria will participate in the doubles contest.

Hudson said the Mallards look strong going into the tournament. She expects the competition to be tougher than in past years, especially in the singles tournament. Hudson thinks Worcester will have an advantage in the doubles competition.

To be successful, Hudson said the girls can’t get intimidated or down on themselves.

“They’re working toward the goal of winning the championship,” she said. “I think they have a solid shot.”

Playing singles for the boys’ team will be juniors Dominic Anthony and Will Todd, and senior captain Brenner Maull.

Juniors Graham Hammond and Cameron Hill; senior captain Brendan Miller and his brother, Colin, a junior; and freshmen Ryan Brafman and Ben Brandt will take the court for doubles action.

“They’ve played well all year. They’ve been consistent,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “They’re peaking at the right time. It’s probably one of the strongest teams I’ve had.”

The key to success in the tournament will be serving. Getting their first serve in will be key.

“It’s going to depend on how well we serve,” he said. “I think we have a good chance to win the team title.”

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