Camden Hills enjoys opening net gain against OceansideWindjammers, Mariners step out of rain onto MRC indoor courts
Rockport — Heavy rain and wet outdoor court conditions forced the Camden Hills and Oceanside girls tennis squads to open their regular seasons indoors April 23 and the result was a solid first match between the Midcoast rivals.
However, when all was said and done, the Windjammers, led by the Blakeley sisters of Hope, had too much talent and firepower for the Mariners.
Camden Hills won the match, played on the indoor courts at the Midcoast Recreation Center, 5-0. Due to limited court time, the teams played eight-game pro sets for the varsity matches and six-game sets for the exhibitions.
Oceanside is in its first season on the court. The school is a combination of the former Rockland District and Georges Valley high schools.
"Both teams showed terrific sportsmanship today," said veteran Windjammer coach Karen Brace. "Everyone on the court was excited to launch into the spring competition season, and all of us knew we were fortunate to be able to play our first match on schedule, given the [inclement] weather."
"This was obviously not the way that we wanted our season to begin, but our team played well, particularly in the latter portion of their matches," said Oceanside coach Nick Blais. "We had some very slow starts which really killed us in the eight game pro sets. We just didn't have time to adjust our play against a strong Camden [Hills] team. We hope to take what we've learned and put it to good use in our meeting with Camden [Hills] again at the end of next week."
The Windjammers and Mariners face off again Friday, May 4 at Oceanside.
The individual results of Monday's match, with Windjammer players listed first, were: In singles, Emma Blakeley beat Allison Ward, 8-2; Abby Blakeley beat Kasie Waters, 8-1; and Camilla Walker beat Rosemary McGeady, 8-1.
In doubles, Christine Forcillo and Carrie Helmholz beat Lindsey Joyce and Phoebe Ferraiolo, 8-3; and Katie Pratt and Sam Morse beat Hannah Lacasse and Vieno Carter, 8-2
In exhibition matches, Macy Buck and Elizabeth Belair beat Kara Weiske and Brianna Bodman, 6-3; Lizzie Cox and Sarah Mayberry beat Afton Hupper and Rachel DelFrate, 6-3; and Autumn Coyle and Hannah Olson lost to Lacasse and Carter, 2-6.
"With eight players new to our team who had never played in a varsity match, I’m pleased with how strong the 'Jammers’ teamwork was today — evidenced by all 14 players," Brace said. "My feeling is that this group is coming together extremely well. Veteran players as well as new team members had pre-match jitters, and warm-up time was minimal due to the restriction of limited courts. Neither of our doubles teams had played together in a match representing their school, and it was the first day back after vacation, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was honestly very impressed at the great dynamics of the new doubles teams. There is a lot of positive energy and excitement among both singles and doubles, and now that we have our first match behind us, we can continue to look forward, improve, and focus on our tennis."
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