Ocean City Today

WP tennis teams win over Decatur

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 03, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur sophomore Laura Meadows serves during her first doubles match with junior captain Grace Beres. They won, 8-6, logging Decatur’s only victory over Worcester Prep on Tuesday in Berlin.

(May 4, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both won 6-1 over the Stephen Decatur Seahawks on Tuesday in Berlin.

The girls competed on Decatur’s courts and played their format – four singles and three doubles matches.

The Lady Mallards swept the singles competition. Winning first through fourth singles were sophomores Annika Larsen (8-1) and Abi Plylar (8-1), senior captain Hope Sens (8-0) and freshman Summer Walker (8-0).

Decatur’s first doubles pair of junior captain Grace Beres and sophomore Laura Meadows edged out their competition, 8-6.

Prep sophomores Kennedy Humes and Korina Gjikuria outscored their second doubles opponents, 8-2. Freshmen Waverly Choy and Marika Vasilikos, in only their second varsity outing, took their third doubles match, 8-0.

Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said the Mallards adjusted well to playing a different format – Worcester usually competes in five singles matches and two doubles. Knowing it was going to be a hot day and with three tough matches to end the season, Hudson gave more players the opportunity to step on the court, instead of her singles players also playing in doubles matches.

“The girls continue to stay focused and competitive,” she said. “They’re trying a variety of shots and techniques to be competitive out on the court.”

The boys’ played on Worcester’s court and in its format.

Earning victories at first through fifth singles for the Prep team were juniors Dominic Anthony (8-4) and Will Todd (8-0), senior captain Brenner Maull (8-1), junior Colin Miller (8-0) and senior captain Brendan Miller (8-2).

Decatur’s duo of junior captain Jonathan Petito and sophomore Austin Marple won the first doubles match, 8-1.

Prep junior Nick Lange and sophomore Ryan Cronin pulled out a 7-3 victory in a tiebreaker set at second doubles.

“They were down and they would come back. They were aggressive and didn’t quit,” Worcester Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “They dug their feet in and started building a comeback.”

Overall, Underkoffler was pleased with the Mallards’ performance.

“They’re consistently improving and responding well to what they’re doing in training,” he said. “They have a game plan in mind and they adjust during matches. I want them to have a plan and execute, rather than just hit the ball and hope for the best.”

Worcester will host the James M. Bennett Clippers, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. Only the girls will play on Monday against the Delmarva Christian Royals at 4 p.m. in Georgetown, Delaware.

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