ORONO — Four years ago, some of the seniors on the Mount Desert Island Trojan boys’ tennis team never had held a tennis racket in their hands.
Last week at the University of Maine, those same Trojans defeated the Caribou Vikings to win an Eastern Maine Class B tennis championship.
The undefeated Trojans left little doubt that they deserved the top ranking in Eastern Maine Class B as they rolled to a 5-0 win over the second-ranked Caribou Vikings, who lost just once in the regular season.
The Trojans won four of their five matches in straight sets to up their record to 15-0.
At first singles, sophomore Luke Horton bested Ethan Plourde 6-3, 6-3; and at second singles, senior Ian Sampson downed Michael Marquis 6-4, 7-5.
The first doubles duo of seniors Caleb Cough and Sam Jacobson topped Brendan Cyr and Tyler Willey 6-2, 6-0; and the second doubles duo of Chris Kaiser and Sam Walker bested Gabe Massey and Cameron Hill 6-1, 6-2.
Caribou’s Zac Gorence gave MDI’s Andrew Dalton a tough battle in a lengthy third singles faceoff.
Dalton prevailed in the first set 7-5, but fell to Gorence in the second set 4-6 before rebounding for a decisive 6-2 third set win to clinch the sweep for the Trojans.
The Trojans are now slated to face undefeated Cape Elizabeth, the Western Maine champion, for the state Class B title on Saturday.