Mariners downed by No. 1 Trojans in court quarterfinals
Bar Harbor — It is a tough draw for any high school athletic team to be expected to knock off two playoff-caliber opponents in 24 hours, but those were the cards the Oceanside girls tennis squad was dealt on Wednesday, June 4 as the No. 8 Mariners hit the road to take on unbeaten, No. 1 Mount Desert Island in an Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff match.
The Mariners (8-6), who knocked off No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor 3-2 in a prelim playoff on Tuesday, June 3, saw their season come to an end against the talented Trojans Wednesday as the hosts coasted to a 4-1 victory.
MDI (13-0) now moves on to face rival and No. 4 Ellsworth (11-2) in the semifinal round. The Trojans dealt the Eagles both their losses on the season.
On Wednesday, Oceanside's Meghan McGonagle was the lone Mariner to prevail as she rallied from losing the first set to MDI's Emily Cough and won — 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Mariner coach Joanna Hall said the overall match between the squads was closer than the score would indicate as the doubles matches were tight affairs.
“A lot of [those doubles] games went to deuce and there were some great points played out,” she said. “Meghan played another tough opponent today and, after getting down one set, she buckled down and showed her stuff, pulling out a win and preventing a shutout.”
The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Lily Butler lost to Madeline Cook, 0-6, 0-6; Alayna Joyce lost to Judy Wallace, 1-6, 0-6; and McGonagle beat Cough, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles, Mary Allen and Clara Feltus lost to Sierra Bloom and Olivia McCarthy, 5-7, 3-6; and Emily Prothero and Rachel Johnson lost to Maeve Geary and Emily McCarthy, 3-6, 1-6.
Hall said while her team hoped to pull the upset, her student-athletes left everything out on the court Wednesday and the future of the program is bright for next season.
“At the beginning of the season, our goals included to improve our game and have fun while doing it,” she said. “We did not have any returning varsity players, no seniors, and five of our seven match players are sophomores. I was not sure what to expect, but never guessed that we would finish eighth out of 17 teams and win a preliminary match to make it to the quarterfinals. All 14 members of the varsity team played in a countable match during the season. Everyone contributed. They are a wonderful group of girls and I am proud of them.”