Hanover Girls' Tennis Splits Two: Shines in Exeter Loss and Sweeps Dover
The Hanover High School girls’ tennis team reinforced their status as one of New Hampshire’s top teams this week, losing on Monday 6-3 to highly-regarded Exeter despite missing two of their top four players, and then sweeping 2-0 Dover by a 9-0 score.
On Monday, With Margaret Werner and Ellen Lamm missing from the lineup, the Marauders nevertheless battled the Blue Hawks to a 3-3 draw in singles play before dropping all three doubles matches.
Senior Rine Uhm won 8-2 at first singles, and Mindy Wu, playing in Werner’s spot, lost 8-4. Junior Bri Laycock, normally fifth on the ladder, beat her Exeter opponent at third singles 8-6. Grice Li lost at fourth singles, 8-0, and Emma Watson, who had lost a number six on Friday against Timberlane, earned an impressive 8-6 at fifth singles. Emma Burwell stepped up at sixth singles and played well before losing 8-2.
Although all three doubles pairings required playing with new partners, the Marauders played effectively before losing. Laycock and Li battled particularly well, eventually dropping a 7-9 decision at second singles. Uhm and Wu lost 8-4 at first singles, and Watson and Burwell went down 8-1 at third singles.
Coach Liz Murray praised her team, saying, “They played a great match under beautiful conditions. One of the most positive parts of this team is their resilience and ability to see where improvements can be made for the next time we play.”
That improvement was clear on Wednesday with a full lineup for the first time in the three matches. Hanover swept every match against a Dover team which had won twice, and lost only nine total games in the process.
Rine Uhn stayed undefeated, winning her match 9-0. Margaret Werner returned to the lineup after a college visit and won her first match of the season at second singles, 8-2. Mindy Wu, back at her accustomed third singles, earned an 8-0 shutout. Ellen Lamm returned to the lineup after missing the Exeter match due to illness, and won 8-2. Bri Laycock won her third match in three tries with an 8-0 decision at fifth singles. Grace Li was an easy winner at sixth singles, 8-1.
The Marauders won all three doubles matches. Uhm and Wu triumphed 8-1 at first singles. Werner and Lamm, together for the first time this year, enjoyed an 8-3 win at second singles. Laycock and Li continued their effective play, blanking their Dover opponents at third singles.
Coach Murray commented: “It was a great match and it was awesome to be outside.” The Marauders take to the highway on Friday, traveling to Hudson to play an Alvirne team that lost 8-1 to Dover.