Hanover Girls' Tennis Aims For The Top In Division One
Marauders Sweep Two Matches To Go 9-1
Sweeping a pair of 9-0 matches against Manchester Memorial and Merrimack, the Hanover girls’ tennis team ran their Division One winning streak to eight in a row on Wednesday, and continued their push for the top of the standings in their first year against New Hampshire’s biggest schools.
Now 9-1, Marauders are currently tied for second place in the NHIAA standings with Manchester Central, whose one loss was a decisive 7-2 win by Hanover a week ago. The only unbeaten team in in the division is Exeter, which beat the Marauders 6-3 a month ago.
Exeter is a good team, but they have not played four of the top six teams in Division One. The Blue Hawks have yet to play 7-3 Bedford, 7-4 Concord, or 9-2 Derryfield, and they are not scheduled to play Central. Hanover beat defending Champion Bedford 7-2, and perennial power Derryfield 5-4.
Against Memorial, Margaret Werner stepped up and won 8-2 at first singles. Mindy Wu and Bri Laycock both took 8-0 decisions at second and third singles. Ellen Lamm outlasted her opponent 8-5 at fourth singles, Grace Li was an 8-0 victor at fifth singles, and Emma Burwell stepped up into a singles role at 6th and cruised to an 8-3 decision.
The Marauders dominated at doubles. Rine Uhm and Bri Laycock won 8-0 at first doubles, Margaret Werner and Ellen Lamm were 8-2 winners at second singles, and Mindy Wu and Grace Li waltzed to an 8-0 decision at third doubles.
Hanover has a week to go in the regular season, with four more matches remaining, three of them on the road. They make the long trek to Rochester to play Spaulding, and the finish with three matches in three days next week, hosting 7-1 Bishop Guertin and then returning to the road for matches at Bishop Brady and Salem.
It’s been a long time since Exeter beat the Marauders, who were missing a key player, and playing their first road match in Division One. It may be a while before they have the chance to meet again, and Hanover will continue to take things one match at a time, which has been a key to their success in recent years. Nevertheless, a rematch in postseason would make this first season in D1 even more interesting. So far, so good!