Four unbeaten Midcoast high school tennis squads from rival schools hit the court Tuesday afternoon, April 30 at venues seven miles apart, each hoping not only to earn bragging rights, but, more importantly, to extend their unbeaten early-season records and shoot up the Eastern Class B Heal Point Standings.

Both the Oceanside and Camden Hills boys and girls squads have impressed in the early part of the regular season and all squared off Tuesday, with the two schools each sporting one unbeaten team by day's end.

The Mariner boys prevailed 3-2 in a tightly-contested match over the Windjammers in Rockland, while the Camden Hills girls coasted to a 5-0 victory over Oceanside in Rockport.

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The following is a recap of the t match:

Boys tennis

Oceanside 3, Camden Hills 2

At Rockland April 30, the Mariners (5-0) knocked the Windjammers (4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten, nipping their Midcoast rivals to stay undefeated.

The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Cameron Butler lost to Austin Pohlman, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6; Henry Berry beat Marc Belley, 6-3, 6-4; and Love Eklund beat Luke Burstein, 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles, Luke Rector and Tyler Gilson lost to Peter Vannorsdall and Josh Pitcairn, 6-7 (6-8), 5-7; and Nathan Philbrook and Eli Thorbjornson beat Shawn Albertson and Alex Forcillo, 6-4, 6-1.

First-year Oceanside coach Shawn Dulac and his team were well aware of the implications of Tuesday's match.

“Besides Camden Hills being a traditionally strong tennis program and currently undefeated, we knew that we needed to play well,” he said. “We played excited, courageous, and fearless and earned those valuable Heal Points.”

“It was an extremely close match and entertaining to watch,” said Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer. “There was great competition out there [for us].”

An extremely close match, though anticlimactic, as the Mariners won the first three matches to seal the team victory. Berry defeated Belley and Eklund defeated Burstein in straight sets to put the hosts up 2-0, while Philbrook and Thorbjornson's win in second doubles sealed the win.

“I thought Oceanside did a great job putting pressure on throughout and did just a hair better than we did,” Walker-Spencer said. “Hats off to them.”

In exhibition play, Jack Crockett and Sam Crockett lost to Drew Holt and James Annis, 3-6; Peter Talbot and Cody Chase lost to David Flint and Eric Blohm, 4-8; Logan Finnegan and Stephen Goodridge lost to Eddie Socker and Nick Tassoni, 3-8, 3-8; Zac Dean and Alden Mason lost to Drew Holt and Quinn Holt, 6-8; and Jason Lund and Nick Barrett lost to James Annis and Luke Burstein, 1-8.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings from Eastern Class B, Oceanside (5-0, 17.8472 points) is first and Camden Hills (4-1, 8.1250 points) fifth in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls tennis

Camden Hills 5, Oceanside 0

At Rockport April 30, the Windjammers blanked the visiting Mariners, knocking them from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The individual results, with Camden Hills players listed first, were: In singles, Abby Blakeley beat Kasie Waters, 6-0, 6-0; Camilla Walker beat Phoebe Ferraiolo, 6-1, 6-1; and Katie Pratt beat Brianna Bodman, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, Katie Vannorsdall and Macy Buck beat Vieno Carter and Hannah Lacasse, 6-2, 6-4; and Hannah Olsen and Emily Ruger beat Afton Hupper and Jackie Thorbjornson, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2.

“Frankly, this was not our best game,” said Mariner coach Nick Blais. “We were missing our third singles player, which hurt, and back to back away games definitely hurt our team. However, even with those factors considered, we quite simply didn't play Oceanside tennis.”

Blais said Waters and Ferraiolo “played quite well against very good opponents,” but “our doubles teams unfortunately fell flat.”

“Camden [Hills] without a doubt has a good team and now we as a team know what we are going to need to do to prepare for our next match against them on May 20. We are going to continue to practice hard, work on improving our weak areas, and get back to our winning ways next week.”

In exhibition play, Ellie Pendleton and Lila Ohland lost to Rachel Delfrate and Alayna Joyce (score unavailable); Eliza Carter beat Meg McGonagle, 6-3; and Carter lost to Lily Butler, 3-6.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (4-0, 16.2500 points) is second and Oceanside (4-1, 11.3889 points) fourth in the 19-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Camden Hills actually is 5-0 as its April 29 victory over Belfast has yet to be reported to the Heal Point site, a win that could thrust the Windjammers higher in the standings.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.