Bucs send 10 players to Henlopen Conference quarterfinals

LEWES – The Milford High tennis teams wrapped up conference play at last week’s Henlopen Conference Championships.

Combined between the boys’ and girls’ squads, the Bucs had 10 players competing in the Henlopen Conference quarterfinals on Friday, May 11.

The boys’ tournament took place at Caesar Rodney High, while the girls gathered at Cape Henlopen High for their tourney.

While the Bucs didn’t have any players escape the quarterfinals and move into Saturday’s semifinals, the Milford tennis program enjoyed a successful season – especially on the girls side of things.

Head coach Jacquelyn Powers led the girls team to the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title, while also grabbing the Henlopen Conference girls’ tennis Coach of the Year award in the process.

The team accepted the awards at a brief ceremony prior to the start of Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals action at Cape.

Boys in conference tourney

  • First singles: Senior Riley Wolfenden earned a first-round bye but would fall, 6-0 6-0, to Dover’s Charles Anyanwu in the quarterfinals
  • Second singles: Senior Gunnar Folke pulled off a 6-4 6-4 victory over Sussex Central’s Christian Wise in the first round Thursday, May 10. He would then fall to Polytech’s Hunter Dixon in Friday’s quarterfinals.
  • Third singles: Freshman Matthew Stangl earned a first-round bye, but would fall, 6-0 6-0, to Caesar Rodney’s Garrett Wrede in the quarterfinals.
  • First doubles: Sam Rauch/Jordan Tribbett earned an impressive 6-3 7-5 win over Dover’s Om Patel/Jason Garber in the first round. The doubles team would fall in three sets to Lake’s Evin Fruehauf/Mike Charney in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Girls in conference tourney

  • First singles: Freshman Summer Davis earned a first-round bye and battled hard in the quarterfinals before falling, in three sets, to Smyrna’s Morgan Holman.
  • Second singles: Junior Jasmine Wright earned a first-round bye before falling to Smyrna’s Erin Smallwood, 6-1 6-3, in Friday’s quarterfinals.
  • Third singles: Junior Jessica Gabriel-Perez defeated Seaford’s Abigail Covey in Thursday first-round, to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. She would fall, 6-2 6-1, to Cape’s Mel McCoy.
  • First doubles: Olivia Cromer/Alina Bashkirova lost to Polytech’s Kayla Koenig/Halie Readores in Thursday’s first round.
  • Second doubles: Emily Sylvester/Lauren Becton defeated Lake’s Abigail Druart/ Brianna Pickle in the first-round before dropping to Smyrna’s Leila Sebastian/Danielle Keener in the quarterfinals.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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