LEWISTON — Although the outcome was not what they had hoped, the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ varsity tennis team had big smiles as they hoisted the 2015 State Runner-Up trophy on Saturday.
“It’s an uphill climb when you’re playing Western Maine teams because they’re just playing more,” Coach Ben Rowell told the Islander. “It’s more of a year-round sport for many of them versus we’re a three-to-four month sport.”
The Trojans were defeated 5-0 by the Rangers of Greely High School. First singles player Sarah Phelps lost 6-0, 6-0 to Izzy Evans, the sixth-ranked singles player in the state. Ivy Wallace fell 6-1, 6-4 to Kathryn Pare, while Maeve Geary played another marathon match before falling to Alex Tebbs 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.
Despite the result, Rowell was extremely proud of his senior tri-captains. “It’s definitely been a team effort, but it’ll be sad to lose the three captains, because they’ve been with me for four years. To now see them as great young ladies and tennis players, it’s definitely going be hard to lose them.”
First doubles duo India Janes and Ellie Bridgers lost 6-2, 6-0, while the McCarthy twins Emily and Olivia lost 2-6, 3-6, 0-6.
“You can’t play anymore beyond here,” Rowell said, “so to get to this point and give ourselves a chance has been really great.”
The 2015 girls’ varsity team members include freshmen Ellie Bridgers and India Janes; sophomores Olivia and Emily McCarthy; juniors Molly Corson and Gabby Link; and seniors Ashley McEachern, Emily Cough, Robin Nicholson, Ivy Wallace, Maeve Geary and Sarah Phelps.
Editor’s Note: Sarah Phelps is reporter Megan Phelps’ sister.