The Hanover High School girls’ tennis team took a successful first step into the top level of New Hampshire play, opening their initial season in Division One with a dominant 8-1 victory over Timberlane. Winners of three straight NHIAA Division Two titles, the Marauders served notice that they should be right at home in D1, wining their 52nd straight match over the past three years.
Starting the season on a rainy Friday night at Dartmouth’s Boss Indoor Tennis Center, Hanover showed great strength at the top of the lineup, winning the first five singles matches by a combined score of 40-2.
Senior Rine Uhm won at first singles 8-1, followed by junior Mindy Wu. Who blanked Emily Hammond at second singles 8-0. Junior Ellen Lamm defeated Kellie Lowes by a similar 8-0 mark at third singles, and Bri Laycock closed out the shutout streak with an 8-0 victory at fourth singles over Molly Antokowiak. Junior Grace Li earned an 8-1 win at fifth singles against Carissa Boque. Timberlane’s lone win came at sixth singles, with Amanda Snow outlasting Marauder sophomore Emma Watson 8-3.
The Marauders won all three doubles matches. Uhm and Wu earned a decisive 8-1 win at first singles, and Watson and Li followed suit at third singles, also winning 8-1. Lamm and Laycock took a bit longer, but closed out the match with an 8-4 decision at second singles.
Third-year Coach Liz Murray praised her squad, saying, “We all came in a bit unsure, since it was our first match in Division One. It was a great first learning experience. We know what we need to work on, and this will help a great deal in our upcoming matches. I’m proud of them.”
Things get busy in a hurry for the Marauders, beginning next Monday with a trip to Exeter, a makeup for a match postponed last week due to poor weather. The Hawks are one of the very best teams in Division One, having posted a 16-1 record last year. Their only loss came to Bedford in the NHIAA Finals. Hanover hosts Dover on Wednesday at Hartford High School, since their home courts at Storrs Pond are still unplayable due to the residual snow. On Friday, the Marauders take to the road with a road trip to Hudson, NH to play Alvirne High School.