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Hubs sweep Rebels in tennis

April 03, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs owned the tennis courts Wednesday, blanking the South Hagerstown Rebels 5-0 in the girls match and winning the boys match, 4-1.

"I think that both our boys and our girls played well today," North Hagerstown coach Lance Baker said. "I am definitely looking for a winning season for both teams this spring. I feel that both teams have got a lot of potential."

The girls raised their record to 3-0, while the boys improved to 2-1.

Both South Hagerstown teams are 1-2.

Hubs junior Shana Ruff raised her record to 3-0 by beating Katty Hernandez 10-2 in the No. 1 girls singles match.

"When my serve is on, my whole game kind of comes together," Ruff said. "I felt that I was serving consistently the whole time. I have been working really hard in getting in shape for my tennis matches. I think that has made a big difference so far this season. All winter long, I have been playing at The Hagerstown Tennis Club and that has really helped. I have been lifting weights to make myself stronger."

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Hubs junior David Macht improved his record to 2-1 by beating Ling Xiao 10-2 in the No. 1 boys singles match.

"I think that I played pretty well," Macht said. "I just went out and tried to do my best and play for fun. I just tried to make my opponent run up the court a lot. I think that I tired him out. I was fortunate to be able to hit the ball all over the court today. I made my mom proud by using her wooden racket from the '70s that has a Chris Evert autograph. I found it in our garage and I decided to use it today because both of my rackets have broken strings."

Baker likes he what he sees with both of his teams.

"I knew that we were going to have a pretty strong girls team this year," Baker said. "We have a good mix of some experienced girls and a few strong newcomers. We lost our boys No. 1 singles player, Vincent Schoeck, to an elbow injury and he is out indefinitely. I had to switch my entire lineup around. When we get him back, then we will be at full strength for the boys."

South Hagerstown coach Eugene Gregory is hoping that both his boys and girls teams can turn things around.

"I'm disappointed," Gregory said. "I didn't think that we played up to our potential. We came out flat today. I thought that North looked great. North did a fine job today. We have a lot of area for growth. We are going to get better."

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