CR boys, Dover girls win Henlopen Conference titles

Dover High snapped Caesar Rodney’s 11-year run of girls’ team championships at the Henlopen Conference tennis tournament on Saturday afternoon.

On the boys’ side, CR swept all five courts to capture its ninth straight Henlopen team tourney title.

In the girls’ bracket, which was played at Cape Henlopen, the Senators won three of five head-to-head finals matchups with the Riders. Dover also won the crown in 2006, the last time CR didn’t take the championship.

The Senators and Riders split their two regular-season matches, with CR winning the one that counted in the conference standings. The victory gave the Riders their 12th regular-season Henlopen title in a row.

Individually. Dover sophomore, Victoria Anyanwu, downed CR’s Natasha Sijan, 6-3, 6-0, in the first singles’ finals.

The Senators’ other winners were Erika Synoski (second singles) and the second-doubles’ team of Jing Lin and Erin Biddle. Lin and Biddle rallied to edge CR’s Selma Cemerlic and Hannah Jeffrey, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The Riders’ won titles at third singles, where Katherine Tamesis pulled out a 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 victory over Dover’s Sophie Malenfont, and at first doubles, where Piper Casey and Micaela Thorogood won.

In the boys’ first singles finals, the Riders’ Rishi Gundakaram topped Dover’s Charles Anyanwu, 6-1, 6-0, for the championship.

Also winning titles for CR were David Haynes (second singles), Garrett Wrede (third singles), Joseph Gravelle-Jhayden Pappas (first doubles) and Justin Smith-Francis Tamesis (second doubles).

The boys’ tournament was played at Caesar Rodney.

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