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Wor. Prep tennis squads log wins over Salis.

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep freshmen Marika Vasilikos (pictured) and Waverly Choy team up for the second doubles match during Wednesday’s competition against Saints Peter & Paul in Berlin. They won 8-1. Worcester came out on top 6-1 overall.

(April 13, 2018) Both Worcester Prep tennis teams earned victories over the Salisbury School Dragons on Monday, and the Lady Mallards also won their competition against the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres on Wednesday.

Worcester’s girls’ team shut out Salisbury School, 7-0, in Salisbury.

Sophomore Abi Plylar (8-0), senior captains Anchita Batra (8-1) and Hope Sens (8-4), junior Maya Nateson (8-0) and freshman Summer Walker (8-0) won their first through fifth singles matches, respectively.

“The girls played well,” Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson said. “[It was a] great experience of playing under the lights on college courts.”

Sophomores Mesa Cammack and Saylor McGuiness topped their first doubles opponents, 8-1. Sophomores Korina Gjikuria and Kennedy Humes outscored their second doubles competition, 8-1.

“Abi played No. 1, so others moved up. Hope had a great game at No. 3,” Hudson said. “Doubles both took command early and finished strong.”

The Prep boys’ squad came out on top, 6-1.

Juniors Dominic Anthony (8-2) and Will Todd (8-4), and senior captain Brenner Maull (8-1) were victorious at first through third singles, respectively.

“Dominic Anthony was down 2-1 and turned his game around using a smart attacking the net scheme,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “Will Todd was down in his match 3-2 and 4-3 and turned it around to win. He is playing some of the best tennis I have seen him play … [and] I think he can get better.”

Making his singles competition debut, freshman Ben Brandt edged out his fifth singles opponent, 8-4.

Juniors Matt Durkin and Cameron Hill won their first doubles match, 8-1. Junior Ethan Scheiber and sophomore Eli Prushansky defeated their second doubles opponents, 8-2.

Underkoffler said he was pleased with the Mallards’ performance, especially “emerging players,” freshman Ryan Brafman, who made his singles debut, but lost 6-8 at fourth singles, Brandt, Durkin and Scheiber.

On Wednesday, the girls’ team hosted Saints Peter & Paul. The Mallards won 6-1.

Plylar (8-0), Batra (8-2), Walker (8-3) and Humes (8-1), making her singles debut, were victorious at first through fourth singles, respectively.

Cammack and McGuiness defeated their first doubles opponents, 8-1. Freshmen Waverly Choy and Marika Vasilikos played in their first varsity match and came out ahead 8-1 at second doubles.

Hudson said she was very impressed with her players’ performance.

“Saint Peter & Paul was steady, they had a variety of shots and we had to be consistent, we had to be patient and keep the ball in play,” she said. “The girls were very focused on what they were doing.”

Both Worcester’s boys’ and girls’ teams will take on the Indian River Indians at the Manklin Meadows courts in Berlin at 2:45 p.m., today, Friday. The Mallards will host the Delmarva Christian Royals on Monday at 4 p.m.



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