Oceanside moves on, faces No. 1 MDI next in playoffsNo. 8 Mariners outlast No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor in prelim playoff
Rockland — There will be no rest for the weary — make that the Oceanside girls tennis team — which must battle the region's number one squad a mere 24 hours after working hard to outlast another opponent in the on-going Eastern Class B high school court playoffs.
On Tuesday afternoon, June 3, No. 8 Oceanside (8-5) upended No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor (5-8) 3-2 in a regional prelim playoff match on the courts at the Oceanside East campus.
With that victory, the Mariners earned the opportunity to travel to face No. 1 Mount Desert Island (12-0) on Wednesday, June 4 at 4 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff encounter.
The Mariners do not play the Crusaders or the Trojans during the regular season.
"It was nice playing a team from outside the [Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division]," said Oceanside coach Joanna Hall. "The John Bapst coach and team were very nice and played some great tennis. They are a class act.
"The [Oceanside] girls were very happy to make the postseason play and getting a win today is just a great feeling."
The individual match results, with Oceanside players listed first, were, in singles: Lily Butler lost to Sarah Storgaard, 1-6, 1-6; Alayna Joyce lost to Shannon Currian, 2-6, 1-6; and Meghan McGonagle beat Joyce Ma, 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Emily Prothero and Rachel Johnson beat Traci Yal and Tiffany Waader, 6-2, 6-3; and Mary Allen and Clara Feltus beat Casey Bartlett and McKenzie Baber, 6-2, 6-1.
In order of the matches played Tuesday, Allen and Feltus won at second doubles. "Mary and Clara have been solid performers at first doubles for us all season long," coach Hall said. "They are good friends off the court and that really seems to give them an extra boost on the court as they really communicate well with each other, which is critical in doubles play. I have been very pleased with their play this season."
Oceanside then won at third singles with McGonagle. "Meghan did a fantastic job for us today as she moved up to third singles when [regular No. 3 singles] Becca Boggs fell ill right before the match. [McGonagle] was very quick on the court and her shots were hard and accurate."
The hosts then won at second doubles with Prothero and Johnson. "Our junior doubles team really played a good match today," Hall said. "In the second set the John Bapst team started to make a run and Emily and Rachel pulled together to keep it to a two-set match and give us the third win [of the best-of-five overall match]."
Coach Hall said Butler and Joyce "both faced very tough opponents this season. It is a tough mission to undertake when you are a sophomore and junior with no varsity playing experience having to face the best each team has to offer every match. They work hard, have great attitudes and know that the high level of play will only make them better for next season."
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