Hornets serve double dose of defeat

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By Joe Cardello
The Essex Reporter

Over the weekend both the Essex High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams took down Mount Mansfield in their season opener. The teams continued by defeating Stowe on Monday.

The girls downed MMU 5-1 and Stowe 6-1 while the boys took the win over MMU 5-2 and kept Stowe winless with a 7-0 sweep.

Last year the Hornet ladies picked up the ninth seed before heading into the playoffs. South Burlington dropped them 6-1 during the quarterfinals.

Stowe and Mount Mansfield were seeded behind Essex last year, but the Hornets will be facing the notoriously powerful CVU today, April 16. The Redhawks have been in the past six championship finals and won four of those contests.

Last year the Essex boys’ took the fifth seed and lost to Stowe 4-3 in the semifinals. Stowe went on to lost 6-1 to South Burlington in the finals. The Hornets haven’t been in a final since 2011 when they beat Stowe 4-3.

The boys’ team will host the Redhawks – who were seeded just below the Hornets in the 2014 post-season tournament – today, April 16, at 3:30 p.m.

OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY Essex junior Jordan Walsh races toward a shot during a tennis match against Stowe on Monday afternoon at Essex High School.

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Essex junior Jordan Walsh races toward a shot during a tennis match against Stowe on Monday afternoon at Essex High School.

Essex junior Riley Runner hits a backhand shot during a tennis match against Stowe on Monday afternoon at Essex High School. OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY

Essex junior Riley Runner hits a backhand shot during a tennis match against Stowe on Monday afternoon at Essex High School.
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