(April 12, 2019) The Stephen Decatur tennis teams were successful over the Washington Jaguars and Snow Hill Eagles this week.
Decatur traveled to Princess Anne on Monday to face Washington.
The boys’ team shut out its opponent, 7-0. Earning first through fourth singles victories, respectively, were freshman Noah Fisher (8-0), senior captain Jonathan Petito (8-2), and sophomores Aaron Cohen (8-3) and Micah Bourne (8-2).
Petito and Fisher topped their first doubles opponents, 8-1. Junior Austin Marple and freshman Jonathan Brandhuber won 8-2 at second doubles. Seniors Omar Omar and Aaron Campbell outscored their third doubles competition, 8-2.
“It’s hard to come out and play on a Monday, especially after having three days off, but they did well,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “I was really pleased, and getting a shutout is always nice.”
The Lady Seahawks pulled out a 4-3 victory.
Sophomore Emily Stitely won her third singles match, 8-4.
Decatur’s three doubles teams were also successful.
Senior captain Grace Beres and senior Sophia Gordy took their first doubles match, 8-1. Stitely and junior Sarah Haskell came out on top, 8-3, at second doubles.
Freshman Farrah Brown and sophomore Anna Rosenberg edged out their third doubles competition, 8-5.
“Washington was much better than they have been [in previous years]. We didn’t play our greatest,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “Doubles played well, but we left a little to be desired at singles.”
The next day, the girls’ team won 7-0 over Snow Hill in Berlin.
Gordy (8-0), junior Laura Meadows (8-0), Haskell (8-0) and Stitely (8-0) logged victories at first through fourth singles, respectively.
Brown and sophomore Kaitlyn Mourlas pulled out an 8-4 win at first doubles. Sophomore Sam Cummings and Rosenberg topped their second doubles opponents, 8-2.
Snow Hill forfeited the third doubles match.
“I thought the girls played well. I had the opportunity to play some girls that are new to the team and they performed very well,” Greenwood said. “I’m happy with the direction the team is going.”
Decatur’s boys’ team took their competition, 5-2.
Fisher (8-0), Petito (8-2), Cohen (8-4) and Bourne (8-2) scored victories at first through fourth singles, respectively.
Marple and Brandhuber outscored their first doubles opponents, 8-5.
“Everyone stepped up and played well,” Berquist said.
Decatur will take a trip to Salisbury to play the Wicomico Indians on Monday at 4 p.m. The Decatur girls’ team will host the Worcester Prep Mallards on Wednesday in Berlin at 4 p.m. The boys’ teams will compete in Ocean Pines.