The Camden Hills girls tennis squad started its spring campaign with a 4-1 victory over host Class A Brewer in a preseason match Wednesday, April 10.

"While this was not a regular-season match, it was great preparation for the start of the competitive season," said veteran Windjammer coach Karen Brace.

The six players who return for Camden Hills are in new positions and the Windjammers also field six new members. "All the players came on strong in what was, for many, their first varsity match," Brace said.

The three Camden Hills singles players "showed confidence and determination" against their Brewer opponents, the coach said.

The singles results, with Windjammers listed first, were: Abby Blakeley beat Ashleigh Gibvla, 6-3, 6-1; Camilla Walker bested Claire Valley, 6-1, 6-2; and Christine Forcillo defeated Megan Libby, 6-2, 6-1. Forcillo played her first singles match after toiling at first doubles last year.

The new team of Katie Vannorsdall and Macy Buck earned a first doubles win over Catelyn Kimball and Hannah Dalton. "In their final set, with a score of 6-5 and the game at deuce, the first doubles team worked hard to secure the last two points to avoid the tiebreaker, which would have been played at 6-6," Brace said. "The pair showed determination in making this happen and worked together successfully during the match."

At second doubles, Jolly Brown paired with Ellie Pendleton against Witches Laura Newnier and Brittany Ezell. "This match was great practice for the two Camden [Hills'] players who’d come up from jayvee [last year], and though they lost, 0-6, 2-6, they handled the new situation of the two-out-of-three-set format very well having only played 8-game pro sets in the past."

In exhibitions, Lila Ohland and Katie Pratt lost 5-8 in a pro set against Freshta Shahzaman and McKaila Sanborn after a "well-fought match where the score had been tight throughout," the coach said.

The second doubles team of Brown and Pendleton repeated for an exhibition doubles pro set against Libby and Nikki Eremita, and lost 1-8," showing stamina in completing their second 8-game pro set of the day," Brace said.

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