La Plata out­slugs Hunt­ing­town in base­ball show­down

War­riors win eight of nine matches

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter de­feat­ing all six Charles County op­po­nents en route to a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion ti­tle last sea­son, the La Plata ten­nis team has picked up where it left off thus far in 2017.

Com­ing off a 5-4 win at St. Charles on Wednesday, the vis­it­ing War­riors fol­lowed up with their sec­ond in a row Fri­day with a con­vinc­ing 8-1 win over the Thomas Stone Cougars in a divi­sion matchup.

La Plata (2-1, 2-1 SMAC Po­tomac af­ter a 5-4 loss to North Point on Mon­day) swept all five of the dou­bles matches and won three of the four in sin­gles, with all of the wins com­ing in straight sets. The War­riors are sched­uled to host West­lake at 4 p.m. to­day.

The clos­est matchup of the day was in mixed dou­bles was be­tween La Plata’s Ky­ron Dewey and Stone’s Jen­nifer Di­eterle and Emma Chan­dler. The War­riors duo won a backand-forth first set 7-5 and went on to take con­trol of the sec­ond set 6-2.

“What I’m happy about is that we are young and th­ese young ones are learn­ing while they are win­ning,” La Plata head coach Eulo Re­gala Sr. said. “We only have [two] se­niors on the team and hope­fully by the end of the sea­son we will be a lot bet­ter. There are sev­eral teams in SMAC who are real strong and if we are able to put up a fight, we may have a cou­ple of sur­prises.”

La Plata swept both girls sin­gles matches as ju­nior ex­change stu­dent Alek­san­dra Jack­owska from Poland was vic­to­ri­ous in the No. 1 matchup 6-1, 6-1 over Stone’s Kailee Covey. At No. 2, La Plata’s Grace Na picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ariel Ajero.

“I was re­ally happy to get the win be­cause it is al­ways pres­sure when you are play­ing at No. 1,” Jack­owska said. “When I came for the first prac­tice here [at La Plata] I was real rusty, but I’m start­ing to get back on track. So far I like the school and play­ing on the team.”

La Plata’s Joseph Na de­feated Tim Goldring 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 1 boys sin­gles con­test. Goldring’s brother Ge­off de­liv­ered the Cougars’ only win of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 vic­tory over La Plata’s Bran­don Lu­ton at No. 2.

“Hon­estly this is a great feel­ing to get an­other win un­der my belt,” said Ge­off Goldring, who im­proved to 2-0 on the sea­son af­ter Fri­day’s win in only his sec­ond year of play­ing ten­nis. “As long as I kept my feet mov­ing and do what I do I can keep win­ning. Last year I played dou­bles so I’m used to hav­ing some­one cov­er­ing my back, but in sin­gles you have more ground to cover on my own, so it is a chal­lenge.”

In boys dou­bles, the No. 1 tan­dem Grif­fin Moyer and Anant Pa­tel won in straight sets over Stone’s Alex Richards and Xavier Cole­man (6-2, 6-3), while Jack Koch and Parshva Pa­tel also won in straight sets at No. 2 over Savyion Smith and Jared Brown (61, 6-2).

Over in girls dou­bles, Pree­ta­man Virk and Erin Quar­tararo cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 vic­tory at No. 1 and the No. 2 pair Jen­nifer Cur­tis and Egypt Bond won in 6-0, 6-0 fash­ion.

Stone (0-3, 0-3 af­ter a 5-4 loss to North­ern on Mon­day) is sched­uled to take on host Patux­ent on at 4 p.m. to­day.

“I’m re­ally pleased with the way that Tim and Ge­off are play­ing at sin­gles,” Cougars head coach Tom Parker said. “The rest of our group still have a lot of work to do, we just have to work on the sim­ple things like swing­ing the racket and the get­ting the ball back over, along with con­sis­tent ser ves.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

La Plata’s Joseph Na re­turns a shot in Fri­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion ten­nis match ver­sus host Thomas Stone. Na de­feated Tim Goldring 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 boys sin­gles as La Plata went on to win the match 8-1.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON Thomas Stone’s Ge­off Goldring tries to re­turn a shot back across the net in Fri­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion ten­nis match ver­sus La Plata. Goldring de­feated La Plata’s Bran­don Lu­ton 6-4, 6-1 in No. 2 boys sin­gles.

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