The Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament kicked off Monday morning at Bates College in Lewiston, with three Camden Hills players and another from Belfast throwing their respective names in the hat — and considerable talents on the court —  in hopes of being crowned the state’s top player.

Despite Camden Hills’ Carissa English, Evan Drinkwater and John Vannorsdall, along with Belfast’s Shoshanna Moll, playing well in the talent-laden tourney, all ultimately came up short as the state singles event gears up for its semifinal and final rounds Saturday, June 4.

All eight top seeds advanced to the semifinals.

On the girls side, Kennebunk’s Maria Varano (1) will face Falmouth’s Analise Kump (4), while Falmouth’s Annie Criscione (2) will face Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman (3).

On the boys side, Waynflete’s Patrick Ordway (1) will face Cape Elizabeth’s Matt Gilman (4), while John Bapst’s Bob Tom Flynn (2) will face Falmouth’s Justin Brogan (3).

Girls

English, a sophomore seeded 11th in the tourney and who plays No. 1 or No. 2 singles for the Windjammers, had to wait until the second round to play her match, awaiting the winner of Scarborough’s Jenna Posey and Fort Kent’s Becca Martin.

Posey prevailed in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, earning a second-round match with English. The steady sophomore made quick work of Posey, winning 6-4, 6-0.

English then fell to sixth-seeded Libby Vollola of Falmouth, 6-1, 6-1, to end her state singles run.

Moll, Belfast’s No. 1 singles player and unseeded in the tournament, defeated Catherine McAuley’s Nicole Connolly, 6-3, 6-3, in her first-round match, then got a favorable draw for an unseeded opponent, Caribous’ Laura Collins, in the second round. Moll rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 victory, earning a spot in the Round of 16.

Moll then ran into third-seeded Silverman of Brunswick, who ousted Moll, 6-1, 6-1.

Camden Hills’ Emma Blakeley also qualified for the state singles tourney for the third straight year, but could not compete because she has been sidelined with an injury.

Boys

Drinkwater, Camden Hills’ No. 1 singles player and unseeded in the state tourney, defeated Oak Hill’s Brian Bradstreet 6-0, 6-4 in the first round, advancing to face the top seed in the tourney, Waynflete’s Ordway.

Ordway ousted Drinkwater in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Vannorsdall, who is Camden Hills’ No. 2 singles player and was unseeded for the state event, could not get over the hump in his first-round match, falling to North Yarmouth Academy’s Bruce Paxton, 6-0, 6-4.

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