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Worcester tennis teams geared up for May 10 ESIAC tourney

(May 10, 2013) The Worcester Prep tennis teams’ final match of the regular season was cut short Monday due to rain in Princess Anne.

Only the second singles match was completed in the girls’ competition. Prep junior Hannah Esham won 8-1. The Washington Jaguars forfeited the second doubles match to Worcester.

Sophomore Tatjana Kondraschow was up 6-1 in her first singles match when rain started to fall and the competition was suspended.

Prep senior captain Tommy Thornett got his first singles match in and won 8-1. Chase Schmehling, a junior, took his match 8-3. Washington forfeited its doubles matches to Worcester.

“We were hoping to build momentum going into the conference tournament [May 10] and I only hope with the uncertain weather this week that we can regroup and recapture that momentum,” Prep boys’ Coach Keith Coleman said Tuesday.

Worcester, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres, Gunston Day Herons and Salisbury School Dragons are set to compete in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament in Easton today, Friday.

Each school can enter two representatives in each of the five divisions: boys’ and girls’ singles, doubles and mixed doubles for individual championships. Points will be accumulated for the team titles.

The Lady Mallards finished the 2013 regular season 15-2. The girls are competing for their eighth consecutive team award.

“I have been very proud of the girls this entire season for their efforts on the court. Each match someone has stepped up to help out, often in difficult situations,” said Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson. “The girls are excited about the prospects of winning another ESIAC tournament.”

The Worcester boys’ team went 9-6 during the regular season. The boys are hoping to bring home the title this year. They previously won the trophy in 2010.

“I have been extremely pleased with the progress that almost all of the team has shown over the past several weeks,” Coleman said. “The big question for us is, can we maintain that level of play throughout the tournament? If we can, I believe we have an opportunity to upset Sts. Peter & Paul and bring home a championship.”

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