Senior Robin Nicholson of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ tennis team plays doubles Monday in a preseason scrimmage with George Stevens Academy. Official matches begin Saturday when MDI hosts Caribou at 1 p.m. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Tennis team rackets are ready to shine



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School tennis teams are getting into the swing of things this week, preparing for their season opening match Saturday.

The team hosted George Stevens Academy for a preseason scrimmage Monday, but coaches don’t record results of those matches.

Returning singles players are Luke Horton for the boys and Ivy Wallace and Sarah Phelps for the girls. Senior Mackenzie Myers also is set to play singles.

“Mackenzie’s going to be a big factor this year,” Coach Ben Rowell said. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen in girls singles. Ivy was number two last year and Sarah was three. Ivy and Mackenzie have only played once, and Mackenzie won. Mackenzie and Sarah still have to play, and then they have to play bigger challenge matches. So far, we’ve only played six-game matches so we can get one in. Now we’ve got to start playing eight-game pro sets to have a little bit more of a challenge. I think that’s going to be in flux all season long. We’ve got to get more challenge matches in so we can figure out the lineup for Saturday.”

In the doubles lineup, Rowell said, “I’m going to keep mixing it up. Toward the end of the season we’ll have figured out” which pairs work together best.”

So far, practice has focused on skill-building drills for most players.

The Trojans host the Caribou Vikings for the season opener Saturday at 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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