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Decatur preparing to compete in district tourney

(May 1, 2015) The Stephen Decatur girls’ tennis team took all seven matches during Monday’s competition against the Wi-Hi Indians in Salisbury.

Senior Delaney Iacona and junior Katie Withers won their first and second singles matches 8-2.

Seniors Mallory Rolleston and Calais Rodriguez earned 8-1 victories at third and fourth singles, respectively. Freshman Laila Mirza shut out her fifth singles opponent 8-0.

Senior Claire Esham and sophomore Mallory Vara outscored their first doubles competition 8-0.

Sophomore Katrina Harrell and senior Victoria Williams came out on top 8-3 at second doubles.

“They played better than they have been. They’re improving some with one match to go,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said Monday. “Last week’s vigorous schedule was beneficial to the team. We learned a lot from the four matches we did play.”

The Decatur boys’ team was edged out 4-3.

Junior Christian Beres earned the lone singles victory for the Seahawks. He took his third singles match 8-5.

Juniors Deep Patel and Jose Roberts won their first doubles match 8-5.

Freshman Frankie Nanna and sophomore Ahmod Hammod outscored their second doubles opponents 8-4.

“We played at the Salisbury City Park and there were a lot of distractions. It was a different environment and it seemed to distract them,” Decatur Coach Steve Berquist said. “Also, it seems like we struggle on Mondays this season.”

Decatur was scheduled to play its last match of the regular season yesterday, Thursday.

The District VIII tournament is set for May 12-13 in Cambridge. Berquist and Greenwood said on Monday that they planned to decide this week which Decatur players will compete in the tournament.

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