(May 3, 2019) The Stephen Decatur tennis teams wrapped up regular-season competition with wins this week over the Washington Jaguars and Snow Hill Eagles.
Both Decatur squads earned shutouts over Washington on Tuesday in Berlin.
Winning first though fourth singles matches, respectively, were senior captain Grace Beres (8-6), who trailed 5-6 and battled back to prevail, junior Laura Meadows (8-2), senior Sofia Gordy (8-2) and junior Sarah Haskell (8-1).
Beres and Gordy topped their first doubles opponent, 8-1. Senior Abby Crisanti and sophomore Kaitlyn Mourlas edged out their second doubles competition, 8-6.
Sophomores Emily Stitely and Melis Unal won 8-2 at third doubles.
“The weather was great. They all played well,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “It’s the end of the season, so we should be clicking.”
Scoring victories in first through fourth singles, respectively, were freshman Noah Fisher (8-0), senior captain Jonathan Petito (8-0), and sophomores Aaron Cohen (8-0) and Micah Bourne (8-0).
Seniors Omar Omar and Aaron Campbell pulled out an 8-4 victory at first doubles. Junior Austin Marple and senior Kyle Shelton shut out their second doubles competition, 8-0.
The third doubles team of freshmen Jonathan Brandhuber and Ethan Hansford won 8-1.
“We finished the season strong,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “We stayed focused and did what we needed to do to win. We had an awesome season.”
Decatur took a trip to Snow Hill the next day to battle the Eagles.
Winning their first through fourth singles matches, respectively, were Gordy (8-0), Meadows (8-0), Unal (8-1) and Crisanti (8-0).
Beres and Gordy, and Haskell and Stitely shut out their first and second doubles opponents, 8-0.
Snow Hill forfeited the third doubles match.
“It was nice to culminate like that,” Greenwood said. “I was happy with how we played. We’re going into playoffs doing well. We just need to fine-tune a couple things.”
Berquist was also pleased with his players’ performances.
Logging victories at first through fourth singles, respectively, were Fisher (8-0), Petito (8-0), Cohen (8-1) and Bourne (8-1).
Fisher and Marple won their first doubles match, 8-3. Petito and Cohen topped their second doubles competition, 8-2.
Omar and Campbell shut out their third doubles opponents, 8-0.
“Snow Hill is a good team, so we had to play our best players,” Berquist said. “Our top players played well and took care of business.”
Decatur players now have about a week and a half to prepare for the district tournament.