Hanover’s Hankel Makes Two NHIAA Court Semis

Derry, n.h. — The Hanover High girls tennis team has beaten so many players and teams this spring that now the Marauders have to be content knocking each other off.

The scenario played out on Sunday in the third round of the NHIAA girls tennis doubles tournament at Pinkerton Academy. The third-seeded pairing of Camille Hankel and Izzy Davis ran into Hanover teammates Rine Uhm and Zoe Yu after both tandems buzzed to a pair of early wins. Hankel and Davis won the day, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to Thursday’s semifinals at the Derryfield School.

The wins continued a strong final week for Hankel, who played No. 1 on the Marauder team that won the NHIAA Division II team championship last week. Hankel and Davis topped squads from Winnacunnet (8-6) and Concord (9-7) to make the semis.

Hankel, seeded sixth, also advanced to the NHIAA singles semifinals with her play at PA on Saturday. She bounced Bishop Guertin’s Grace Goyette (8-2), Souhegan’s Lindsey Moss (8-2) and Concord’s Gabrielle Killinger (6-3, 6-1) to make the semis, where she’ll meet Manchester Central’s Julia Chappel, the singles tourney’s top seed, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, also at the Derryfield School.

Uhm and Yu entered the doubles draw unseeded, yet made an impressive run to the third round before their Hanover teammates got in the way. Uhm and Yu beat sixth-seeded Bedford, 9-8, in the opening round, taking a 10-8 tiebreaker. They then ousted Concord, 9-7, before seeing their tourney end against familiar faces.