Decatur tennis teams log wins over Washington

Decatur tennis teams log wins over Washington

(April 26, 2013) The Stephen Decatur tennis teams had a triumphant Tuesday, as both Seahawks squads came away with victories over the Washington Jaguars.

The Lady Seahawks shut out their opponent 7-0 in Berlin.

Winning respective first though fifth singles matches were seniors Emmalee Murrell (8-1), Madison Pope (8-6), Tori Whigham (8-0), Lexi Ashton (8-1) and Libby Withers (8-2).

Sophomore Delaney Iacona and junior Ashley DePaul topped their first doubles competition 8-0.

Junior twins Valerie and Charlotte Petsche logged an 8-0 victory at second doubles.

“They played OK considering the weather we’ve had,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “I’m happy we won, but we could have played better.”

Decatur’s boys’ team won 6-1.

Seniors Jon Hastings and captain Tim VanVonno outscored their first and second singles opponents 8-3 and 8-5, respectively.

Juniors John Niedfeldt and Zach Elmer took their fourth and fifth singles matches 8-0 and 8-1.

Senior Steve Redner and first doubles partner, junior Tyler Angelo, won 8-0.

Freshmen Christian Beres and Logan Romberger came out on top 8-1 at second doubles.

“I thought we did pretty well,” said Decatur Coach Steve Berquist. “We fought through the bad weather and were able to win the match.”

Decatur is slated to host Worcester Prep at 4 p.m. today, Friday. When the teams met March 27, the Seahawks edged out the Mallards 4-3.

“It was a close match last time. We’re pretty evenly matched,” Berquist said of the boys’ teams. “We need the lower seeds to step up and play well for us to win. I think it’s going to come down to doubles matches.”

Added Greenwood about the girls’ competition, “I think it should be a good match. Hopefully, we’ll play as well as we did last time.”

Stephen Decatur senior Jon Hastings dominates his first singles match on Tuesday in Berlin. Hastings won 8-3 and Decatur was victorious 6-1 over Washington.

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