The Caesar Rodney boys and girls tennis teams took home the Henlopen Conference tournament title this weekend.

The Caesar Rodney boys and girls tennis teams took home the Henlopen Conference tournament title this weekend.

The boys team won all five titles, finishing with 30 points, while the girls team won four of the five titles, finishing with 28 points.

The teams also won the regular season Henlopen Conference championship after the boys went 15-0 and the girls went 14-0 on the season.

Boys team continues to dominate conference

The CR boys tennis team took home all five titles at the conference tournament, winning first place at first singles, second singles, third singles, first doubles and second doubles.

Head coach James Harvey contributed the work ethic of the players on the team to the success of the program.

“All three singles probably played their best tennis this season at the tournament,” Harvey said. “Both doubles teams lost their first set [in the championship match], made adjustments against a strong Indian River team and came back to win.”

For Harvey, it was important for the players to come into the tournament confident but not overconfident. Having beaten the other conference teams during the season, Harvey said it can be difficult facing them again.

As a whole, he said it was a special season, especially considering there were three freshman players on varsity. With the state tournament starting on Saturday, May 19, Harvey said the team is heading in the right direction.

“We’ve got to play one step at a time,” he said.

Girls team almost perfect

The CR girls tennis team was almost perfect in the Henlopen Conference tournament, taking four of the five titles.

The second doubles duo of Aisha Hallman and Stephanie Rogers placed in second after losing to Smyrna’s Gabby Pope and Katie Morgan in the championship match.

Second-year head coach Zach Taylor is proud of the team’s success this year as they’ve reached all their goals so far: to win every match (14-0) and to win conferences.

“I’m happy with where the team’s at going into states this weekend, that’ll be a big test for us to play a lot of the competition up north that we don’t see,” Taylor said.

Even though the second doubles team didn’t win the conference championship, Taylor said he’s still proud of Hallman and Rogers as they played well and improved as the season progressed.

As for the state tournament this weekend, Taylor said Tower Hill’s team will probably be the Riders’ main competition – the two teams tied for the state title last year.

“Our singles are strong and if our doubles teams play well, we’ve got a good shot to try and defend our title.”

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