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Worcester’s Lady Mallards victorious

(April 19, 2013) The Worcester Prep tennis teams played the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres on Monday, and the following day, battled the Parkside Rams. The Lady Mallards won both competitions on their home courts in Berlin.

Sophomores Tatjana Kondraschow and Mattie Maull earned 8-3 and 8-5 victories at first and second singles, respectively. Junior Claire Stickler outscored her fourth singles opponent 8-4, and freshman Sonja Walker won her fifth singles match 8-4.

Captains Lydia Pritchard, a junior, and senior Parker Kellam took their first doubles contest 8-3. And sophomore Natalie Twilley and freshman Erika Smith chalked up an 8-1 victory at second doubles.

“Many of my girls got down 1-2 or 2-3, but dug in and played their game to win. It was a great match,” said Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson.

The Worcester Prep boys’ team competed Monday without top-seeded senior captain Thomas Thornett, who was absent due to illness. The Mallards won two of seven matches on their home courts at the Ocean City Tennis Center on 61st Street.

All of the players moved up a seed in Thornett’s absence. Quinn Lukas, a sophomore captain, played in the first singles spot and outscored his opponent 8-1. Sophomore Erik Zorn recorded the Mallards’ second victory. He fought through a tough match, Coach Keith Coleman said, to claim a 9-7 victory at fourth singles.

“The Mallards continue to search for the consistency down the line that was their greatest strength in the 2012 season,” Coleman said.

On Tuesday, the Prep girls’ team earned a 6-1 victory over the Parkside Rams, but it wasn’t easy.

“Most matches were very close and went back and forth…,” Hudson said.

Kondraschow recorded an 8-2 win at first singles and junior Hannah Esham edged out her third singles opponent 8-6.

Stickler led 4-1 at fourth singles, but the match ended with an 8-8 tie. She pulled ahead 5-0 in the tiebreaker set and came out on top 7-1. Walker scored an 8-6 victory at fifth singles.

Kellam and Pritchard and Twilley and Smith took their doubles matches 8-6.

“Both doubles went back and forth, but [Worcester] teams managed to maintain control for the final two games,” Hudson said.

Worcester’s boys’ team lost 4-3 to Parkside.

Thornett topped his first singles opponent 8-4 and Lukas won 9-7 at second singles.

Parkside forfeited the second doubles match to Worcester.

“The Mallards fell below the .500 mark for the first time in two years as they lost a heartbreaker to Parkside,” Coleman said. “Tommy Thornett returned to No. 1 singles and finished off an 8-4 victory in workman like fashion. Quinn Lukas fought back in an up and down match to squeeze out a 9-7 win, but the Worcester squad couldn’t manage another point to bring home the victory.”

The Mallards are scheduled to travel to Salisbury today, Friday, for competition against the James M. Bennett Clippers.

Worcester Prep junior Claire Stickler fights for a point during her fourth singles match on Tuesday in Berlin. Tied 8-8, she pulled ahead 5-0 in the tiebreaker set and came out on top 7-1. Worcester beat Parkside 6-1.

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