Ocean City Today

WP tennis teams shut out Gunston

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli The Worcester Prep tennis teams won 7-0 over the Gunston Day Heron on Monday at the Manklin Meadows courts in Ocean Pines. Pictured is senior captain Hope Sens.

(April 27, 2018) The Worcester Prep tennis teams both won 7-0 over the Gunston Day Heron on Monday, playing on the Manklin Meadows courts in Ocean Pines.

Sophomore Annika Larsen trailed her Gunston opponent 0-3. She pulled ahead 4-3 and then went on to an 8-4 victory.

“It was a great match,” Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said. “She composed herself, looked for patterns, got on the right track and took command.”

Senior captains Anchita Batra (8-0) and Hope Sens (8-3), junior Maya Natesan (8-1) and freshman Summer Vasilikos (8-2) won at second through fifth singles.

Sophomores Mesa Cammack and Saylor McGuiness shut out their first doubles opponent, 8-0. Korina Gjikuria and Kennedy Humes, both sophomores, took their second doubles match, 8-2.

“I was really pleased,” Hudson said. “Everyone has had a match off. [Sophomore] Abi [Plylar] had the day off, so everyone moved up in the lineup and played very well in their position.”

With five matches remaining, Hudson said, “everything is starting to jell.”

Earning first through fifth singles victories for the Prep boys’ team, respectively, were juniors Dominic Anthony (8-3) and Will Todd (8-2), senior captain Brenner Maull (8-3), junior Colin Miller (8-2) and senior captain Brendan Miller (8-4).

Juniors Graham Hammond and Cameron Hill had a tough battle at first doubles, but they persevered and won, 8-6.

“The lead changed several times. It was tight the whole way,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “They started winning more balls at the net and angling them away from their opponents to make them move around.”

Freshmen Ryan Brafman and Ben Brandt won 8-3 at second doubles.

Underkoffler said overall, he was pleased with his players’ performances.

“I was proud of them. They did well,” he said. “Their game has been consistent, they’re mixing up their shots, they’re coming to the next when they can and they’re serving well.”

The Prep teams will host the Cape Henlopen Vikings today, Friday, at 4 p.m.

For the girls to be successful, Hudson said “serves need to be crisp, we need to get the second one in if we don’t get the first one, and play points out.”

“We need to go for everything to win and play one point at a time,” she added.

The boys, Underkoffler said, need to continue to be consistent and “play the way we’ve been playing. No let-ups.”

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