(March 29, 2019) The Stephen Decatur tennis teams opened the season with victories over two Bayside Conference opponents.
The Decatur boys’ squad shut out the Wicomico Indians on Tuesday in Berlin, 7-0.
Earning first through four singles wins were freshman Noah Fisher (8-2), senior captain Jonathan Petito (8-0), sophomore Micah Bourne (8-2) and junior Austin Marple (8-0).
Senior Aaron Campbell and sophomore Aaron Cohen outscored their first doubles opponent, 8-4.
Senior Omar Omar and sophomore Jarrett Humphress topped their second double competition, 8-0.
Freshmen Ethan Hansford and Jonathan Brandhuber won 8-0 at third doubles.
Five out of the 10 players in the starting lineup are new to the squad. After getting some first-match jitters out of the way, the new players settled down and played well, Coach Steve Berquist said.
“The veterans were excited to compete and really played well,” Berquist added. “As a captain, Jonathan Petito did a great job getting everyone focused and excited.
“Out of 56 games, we only lost eight,” he continued. “It was a great way to start the season. I was really happy.”
The Lady Seahawks won 7-1 over the Indians.
Senior captain Grace Beres edged out her first singles opponent, 8-4. Junior Laura Meadows scored an 8-2 victory at second singles and senior Sofia Gordy took her third singles competition, 8-1.
Beres and Meadows won 8-1 at first doubles.
Gordy and sophomore Kaitlyn Mourlas came out on top, 8-4, at second doubles. Sophomores Emily Stitely and Melis Unal outscored their third doubles opponent, 8-1.
“For match No. 1, I thought they did well,” Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “It took us a couple games to start clicking and just get into the flow of things, but after that we played well. I was pleased.”
Decatur took a trip to Salisbury to play the Parkside Rams on Wednesday.
The Lady Seahawks won 5-2.
Beres (8-6) and Meadows (8-5) earned victories at first and second singles, respectively. Junior Sarah Haskell outscored her fourth singles opponent, 8-5.
Beres and Meadows shut out their first doubles competition, 8-0. Stitely and Unal edged out their third doubles opponent, 8-4.
“[Tuesday] seemed like a good warm-up. They had some tough matches that the girls powered through,” Greenwood said. “Much fewer unforced errors [against Parkside]. I was very happy to win against Parkside. They are always a formidable opponent.”
The Decatur boys’ team won all seven of its matches.
“They remember we split with them last year and they wanted to beat them twice this year,” Berquist said. “That’s one of our goals, to beat Parkside twice. We’re halfway there.”
Fisher (8-1), Petito (8-4), Bourne (8-5) and Cohen (8-6) took their first through fourth singles matches, respectively.
Fisher and Bourne topped their first doubles opponent, 8-5. Petito and Cohen battled at second doubles. The duo trailed most of the match, but fought back and won, 9-7.
“They took control and ended up winning,” Berquist said.
Omar and Campbell were victorious, 8-4, at third doubles.
“They stepped up and played great. They were excited to play Parkside, knowing they’re one of the better teams in the Bayside South,” Berquist said.
Decatur will go to Pocomoke on Tuesday to play the Warriors at 4 p.m.