OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ tennis team finished the regular season top seed in the league. They moved to a record of 11-1 after a 5-0 win against the Old Town Coyotes last Wednesday. They receive a bye in the tournament and begin with quarterfinals Thursday.
The Trojan boys fell to Old Town 3-2, giving them a 6-6 record. A preliminary tournament match against Old Town scheduled for Tuesday was delayed to Wednesday due to rain.
Sarah Phelps defeated Blake Neal 8-2 at first singles. Ivy Wallace won second singles 8-1, and Maeve Geary won 8-2. First doubles team Emily Cough and Robin Nicholson won their match 8-1. Ashley McEachern and Gabby Link defeated the Coyotes’ second doubles team 8-5.
Caleb Payson played first singles for MDI against Old Town and won 8-4. Teddy Geary in the second slot fell 8-6. Drake Janes won 8-5 in third singles. The boys’ doubles teams couldn’t save the match for MDI, but they won a few games each. Hamish Stevenson and Hunter Strauch fell 8-2, and Jimmy Carroll and Henry Helmke lost a tough 8-6 contest.
Horton, Payson, Phelps and Wallace also competed in the state singles tournament Round of 48 at Colby College this weekend. Horton progressed to the quarterfinal round, where he built an early 3-0 lead in the first set before falling 6-3, 6-1 to Nick Mathieu of Topsham.
“The level of tennis is very high at that point, and if your draw is tough, you can bow out quickly,” Coach Ben Rowell said. “But just getting to this point is quite an accomplishment, and I hope they realize that.”
Undefeated in two years of high school team matches, Horton was named PVC Player of the Year for the second year running and All-Conference First Team for the third year.