Essex goes 2-0 in opening week

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“We look forward to a great season,” Essex High School girls’ tennis head coach Dennis Langdell said prior to the Hornets season opener last Wednesday. “We should represent Essex very well.”

The Hornets got a strong start to that end last week, going 2-0 in its opening matches. The team topped visiting Stowe, 4-3, Wednesday before putting away the hosting Colchester Lakers, 4-3, on Saturday.

Sixteen-year coach Langdell said the Hornets, who went 3-14 last year, have “improved a lot from working hard on their game in off-season.”

Langdell expects the team to be led by Jordan Walsh, one of the top players in the state, followed by key returning players Rylee Wrenner, Cristina Tellez, Sophia Seman, Ashley Claude, Priyanka Santhanakrishnan, Mackenzie Burnett and Sam Kershner. The Hornets also have several experienced newcomers on their roster this season.

The Hornets took on South Burlington Wednesday, after press time, and will host the Burlington Seahorses Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Kelly March