Hanover Girls' Tennis Wins Tournament Opener

Hanover's Emma Watson returns a serve in her doubles match with Exeter, which the Marauders won to advance to the NHIAA senifinals.

Marauders Beat Pinkerton 7-2; Advance to Semis

The Hanover High School girls’ tennis team opened the NHIAA Division One tennis tournament with a decisive 7-2 victory over Pinkerton Academy.  The top-seeded Marauders led 5-1 after singles play, clinching the victory over the Astros even before doubles play began.  Hanover will now host fourth-seeded Exeter in the semifinals on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

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Even with number one singles player Rine Uhm resting, Hanover dominated their singles matches. Margaret Werner moved into the top slot and beat Zoe Friedman 8-4. Mindy Wu had the most decisive win of the afternoon, defeating Riley Reinert 8-1 at second singles.  Bri Laycock and Ellen Lamm each won 8-4 victories at third and fourth singles.  Grace Li moved up to fifth singles and earned an 8-2 win, and Emma Watson stepped up and played well at sixth singles, losing 8-4.

Watson took on an even bigger challenge in doubles, teaming with Bri Laycock at first doubles and playing well in an 8-3 loss.  Werner and Lamm had no problem at second doubles, beating Sam Donahue and Michaela Ferend 8-2.  Wu and Li were 8-4 winners at third doubles.

Marauder Coach Liz Murray praised her team, commenting, “The team played tremendously well and handled the pressure of being the number one seed.  Emma Watson showed how much she has improved over the season, and stepped up to play well in both singles and doubles.   The team is very excited to be in the playoffs, and are looking forward to the challenge of playing in the semifinals.”

Hanover should have no problem with motivation in the semifinals, since Exeter was the one team to beat the Marauders during the regular season.  A lot has changed since Hanover lost 6-3 on the road in their second match of the season, missing both Margaret Werner and Ellen Lamm.  Hanover split singles in that match before losing all three doubles contests.  Exeter lost to both Central and Derryfield toward the end of the regular season.  Those two teams are the other remaining semifinalists, and will play each other on Friday.  "We're looking forward to playing Exeter with our full lineup," concluded Murray.


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