As the weekend began many Midcoast high school tennis squads did not experience smooth sailing in Friday matches. All except Camden Hills and Rockland, of course.

The Medomak Valley girls, as well as both Georges Valley squads, suffered 5-0 losses on the court. The Panther boys dropped a 4-1 defeat.

However, the Rockland girls shone as they nabbed a well-earned 3-2 win and the Camden Hills teams made quick work of Maranacook.


Rockland 3, Gardiner 2 … At Gardiner, after several hard-fought matches over four hours in a battle of Tigers, Rockland came out on top.

The individual results, with Rockland players listed first, were: In singles, Allison Ward lost to Katrina Nikorn, 0-6, 4-6; Natasha Seavey beat Kaitlyn Turmelle, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Taylor Stevens lost to Helen Mohney, 5-7, 6-7 (4-7).

In doubles, Phoebe Ferraiolo and Chelsea Hawksley beat Broghann Fles and Hannah Luken, 6-2, 6-3; and Sarah Henry and Ciera Bedard beat Carly Rose and Meryl Kus, 7-5, 6-3.

In exhibitions: Cat Grotton and Vieno Carter beat Hannah Kavanough and Bri Mosher, 6-3, 6-1; and Kara Weiske and Tina Payson beat Lydia Williams and Meri Korhonen, 6-0, 6-0.

“This was an extremely hard-fought match by both teams,” said Rockland coach Nick Blais. “The match lasted for four long hours with players from both sides playing some truly great tennis.”

Blais said he was happy with his players. “I was proud of how all of my girls played, but Natasha Seavey really played an amazing game,” he said.

Seavey was the final one on the courts after the rest of the players had finished and the overall match tied 2-2.

“The pressure was squarely on her shoulders and she battled back, one point after another,” Blais said. “She came back to win both her second and third sets to give the team a huge win.  It was a great match for everyone on both sides.”

Camden Hills 5, Maranacook 0 … At Readfield, the Windjammers continued their devastating — to opponents — season as they bested Maranacook by winning 60 games and losing only two.

The individual results, with Windjammers listed first, were: In singles, Emma Blakeley beat Adrienne Nel, 6-0, 6-1; Abby Blakeley beat Sarah Adams, 6-0, 6-1; and Kayla Hart beat Brittany Guerette, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, Christine Forcillo and Camilla Walker beat Julia Varney and Olivia Swimm, 6-0, 6-0; and Sophie Salas and Erika Alex beat Amy Blay and Victoria Nolette, 6-0, 6-0.

Winthrop 5, Georges Valley 0 … At Rockland, Winthrop beat the Buccaneers with only one lost set.

The individual results, with Buccaneers listed first, were: In singles, Kasie Waters lost to Nikki Scott, 0-6, 2-6; Lindsey Joyce lost to Molly Lindsey, 0-6, 2-6; and Brianna Bodman lost to Catherine Spahr, 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles, Mikhaela Garret and Amelia Reinhardt lost to Amber Pritchard and Jess Scott, 0-6, 5-7; and Erika Tardiff and Rachel Delfrate lost to Emma Spahr and Amber Gillman, 1-6, 6-2, 2-6.

Despite the loss, Georges Valley coach Maynard Philbrook was happy. “They played a tough team tonight and, considering [the Bucs] are only sophomores, I think they played a pretty good match,” he said.

Oak Hill 5, Medomak Valley 0 … At Sabattus, the Panthers had a rough day as they lost to Oak Hill and scored only eight points.

The individual results, with Panthers listed first, were: In singles, Kelly Leidenroth lost to Sarah Lacroix, 0-6, 1-6; Skylar Carroll lost to Hannah Langlois, 0-6, 0-6; and Hayley Turner lost to Darby Beauleau, 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles, Kaye Peabody and Isabelle Lobley lost to Molly Morrill and Britany Marshall, 3-6, 2-6; and Mallory Robbins and Bailey Black lost to Darby Green and Leah Rossi 1-6, 2-6


Camden Hills 4, Maranacook 1 … At Rockport, the Windjammers won all but their third singles match in a contest that lasted from 4 to 9 p.m.

The individual results, with Windjammers listed first, were: In singles, Evan Drinkwater beat Sean Daigle, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5; John Vannorsdall beat Jason LaPorte, 6-4, 6-4; and Isaac Hirchfeld lost to Matt Surette, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

In doubles, Tyler Colman and Devon Gordon beat Paul Joslyn and Sam Bryant, 6-1, 6-4; and Max Fischer and Lei Huang beat Alec Daigle and Kelby Mace, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

The highlight of the afternoon was the first singles match, said Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer. “Evan Drinkwater ended up winning what turned out to be quite a marathon,” the coach said. He came back after a second-set tiebreaker that he lost, [and] 4-3 and 5-4 deficits in the third set to win it.

“Evan really persevered, really gutted it out and I give him a ton of credit,” the coach said. “It was a tough match and he struggles at times with the consistency on his forehand but really showed a lot of character in coming through with this.”

By the time Drinkwater’s match was going on the team result had already been decided and the senior won it for personal pride, according to the coach.

Vannorsdall’s match was a tough one as well and the coach was proud. “He played a very steady, smart kid and I thought John played a tough match. He really needed to persevere and he did that,” Walker-Spencer said.

The coach noted that Surette played a smart, heady third set, which ultimately foiled Hirchfeld.

Oak Hill 4, Medomak Valley 1 … At Waldoboro, the Panthers lost all but one match as they had to forfeit at third singles as well.

The individual results, with Panthers listed first, were: In singles, Zack Judkins lost to Brian Bradstreet, 4-6, 0-6; Cal Robbins lost to Jay Turcotte, 1-6, 4-6; and Medomak Valley forfeited at third singles.

In doubles, Cooper Dahlberg and Zak Wallace beat Adam Priest and Riley Adams, 6-1, 6-2; and James Oldroyd and Max Hinkely lost to Derek Gamage and Britin Kramer, 1-6, 3-6.

Winthrop 5, Georges Valley 0 … At Winthrop, partially thanks to forfeits, the Buccaneers lost all their matches to the host Ramblers.

The third singles and second doubles were forfeits as several Georges Valley players were unable to attend the match.

The individual results, with Geroges Valley players listed first, were: In singles, Gordon Armstrong lost to Adam St. Pierre, 2-6, 2-6; and Charlie Baker lost to Evan Arbour, 1-6, 2-6.

In first doubles, Luke Rector and Wesley Bryant lost to Cody Plasterer and Ryan Valley, 4-6, 1-6.

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