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Dover Post
  • Lady Riders’ tennis cruising toward conference championships

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  • The Caesar Rodney Riders girls’ tennis team is on their way to yet another dominate regular season, improving to 13-0 on the season after a 5-0 defeat over Polytech on Friday.
    For the thirteenth straight match up the Lady Riders came away with a win as a team, and for the thirteenth straight match CR without losing a match to their opponent.
    In singles action, the Riders were victorious in all three match ups. Freshmen sensation Halle Parker continued her standout year with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Polytech’s Chelsea Becton. The ever so steady fourth-year player, Sloan Barton, shutout Polytech’s Cierra Becton 6-0, 6-0, in second singles, and sophomore Hannah Morris did the same against her opponent, defeating Tillie Geyer 6-0, 6-0.
    In doubles competition, Caroline Bennett and Caroline Pangle had some early trouble with Polytech’s Julia Balcerak and Lauren Mullins, but ultimately overcame the pairing, winning 6-4, 6-1. Meanwhile, Jessica Ament and Clare Magubat continued their strong season together defeating Makayla Messick and Alli Wishin 6-2, 6-0.
    While the Riders always find themselves sitting among the elite teams in the state, it’s their hard work and dedication that sets them apart.
    “Our team’s success can be attributed to the level of commitment and dedication of each player,” said CR head coach Zach Taylor. “Many of the girls play tennis year round and during the season they are willing to come out and play on the weekends and over spring break. Tennis is a sports learned through repetition, and our team understands that.”
    “The girls also want to work hard to maintain the success that we’ve had over the past several years,” Taylor continued. “We have built a winning tradition here at CR and these girls are eager to keep adding to that.”
    While the Riders took on Dover Monday, and St. Thomas More on Tuesday after press time, CR is looking to once again take home the Henlopen Conference crown this weekend.
    “We want to win another Henlopen Conference Championship this weekend and start building momentum towards the state tournament,” said Taylor. “This is the time of the season when we typically hit our stride and raise the level of our play. We have an exceptional team this year and I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the weeks to come.”
     
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