The Henlopen Conference Tennis Championships were delayed on Saturday morning due to cloudy skies that brought with them torrential down-pours. However, the clouds eventually parted, giving way to bright sunshine and yet another Henlopen Conference crown for both the Caesar Rodney girls and boys tennis squads.
The Riders as a whole were able to win 8 of the 10 overall championships on their way to retaining their titles at the Henlopen Conference Championships held at Sea Colony on Saturday.
For the Rider girls it’s a remarkable seventh straight conference championship, while the boys claim the conference title for the fourth straight season.
The Lady Riders swept all 3 singles titles on Saturday.
Sarah Canderloro claimed the first singles championship for the fourth straight season to pace the Lady Riders. Canderloro defeated Dover’s Abby Jawahar by forfeit after Jawahar fell ill in the middle of the second set of their finals matchup and was forced to retire.
Sloan Barton defeated Delaney McMullen of Indian River to claim the girls second singles title for CR. While Hannah Morris took home the third singles title defeating the Indians’ Alyssa McManus in straight sets.
Jessica Ament/Elena Ramos defeated Kalia Walker/Jada Davis of Dover in the second doubles finals to cap off the Lady Rider champions. Caroline Bennett/Ashley Pappas fell to the Senators’ Emma Patterson/Sage Cole in the first doubles championship.
For the Rider boys, their fourth straight Henlopen Conference title is also their 12th in the last 14 seasons. And like the Rider girls, the boys were able to sweep all three singles championships on Saturday.
Nikola Sijan pulled away from Milford’s Colt Williamson after a close first set to claim the boys first singles championship. Nate Parker defeated Andy Zheng of Dover in the second singles title match and Parker Barton defeated the Senators’ Cannon Giglio to claim the title in third singles.
Donnon Gravelle/Trey Parker took home the first doubles crown defeating Matt Walter/Cedric Barnes of Dover. Alex Feuerstein/Neil Patel fell to Amit Nainani/Luke DiGuglielmo of Cape Henlopen in the boys second singles championships.
The Riders now turn their attention to the DIAA State Championship this weekend. After their performance over the weekend there is no doubt that many Riders from both squads will be vying for a State Championship to go along with their Conference success.