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Mallard tennis teams shut out rival Warriors

(April 26, 2013) The Worcester Prep tennis teams won all of their matches on Monday against the Pocomoke Warriors.

The girls’ competitions were played on Worcester’s courts at the Berlin school.

“The wind factor was much less of an issue since we had played in similar conditions just last Friday. We adjusted quicker and used it to an advantage,” said Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson.

Lady Mallards who earned first through fifth singles victories, respectively, were sopho-

more Tatjana Kondraschow (8-1), junior Hannah Esham (8-0), sophomore Fiona Reid (8-3) senior captain Parker Kellam (8-3) and junior captain Lydia Pritchard (8-0).

Sophomore Natalie Twilley and first doubles partner, freshman Erika Smith, shut out their opponents 8-0. Michelle Curtis, a sophomore, and freshman Hannah Arrington won their second doubles match 8-4.

“A lot of the girls got experience at different positions for this match and they really stepped up. It was the first time at singles for Parker and Lydia and they adjusted quickly to singles play,” Hudson said. “It was the first match of the season for Michelle and Hannah. They have been improving in practice and got the chance to play an official match and did great.”

The boys’ matches took place on Worcester’s home turf at the Ocean City Tennis Center on 61st Street, where chilly temperatures and steady winds reaching 30 miles per hour plagued the competitions.

Senior captain Tommy Thornett (8-1), sophomore captain Quinn Lukas (8-0), junior Chase Schmehling (8-2) and sophomores Erik Zorn (8-6) and Chris Choy (8-6) topped their first through fifth singles opponents respectively.

Sophomore Kyle Chandler and junior Lucas Baier scored an 8-1 victory at first doubles. And senior London Walker and freshman Jason Cook took their second doubles match 8-1.

“The wind conditions seemed to be of most impact in the Nos. 4 and 5 singles where the Worcester netters held on for victory,” said Prep Coach Keith Coleman. “All of the other matches were decisive wins from the outset, as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles and No. 1 doubles used consistent ball striking to overcome the conditions.”

Worcester is slated to take on Stephen Decatur on the Seahawks’ courts at 4 p.m. today, Friday. Decatur squads narrowly edged out Worcester 4-3 on March 27.

“We should match up very well with tennis skills. The question remains, will our players show up willing to scrap for a victory?” Coleman said.

Added Hudson, “Since Stephen Decatur was our first match of the season, we want to do better the second time around. Many of the girls have made significant improvements in their tennis skills.”

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