BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity tennis teams took down the Ellsworth Eagles at home on Wednesday, April 27.
The Trojan girls won 5-0, and the boys’ team won 5-0 as well, securing its first victory of the season.
“The boys’ team did a pretty good job,” MDI head Coach Ben Rowell said. “They played well singles, and we were able to pull out a couple of good matches in doubles, so it was nice victory for the boys.”
Kaleb Payson of the Trojan boys’ team defeated Brian Armstrong 8-3 in first singles. Teddy Geary of MDI defeated Brian Awalt 8-4 at second singles, and junior Jimmy Carroll took down Arthur Jodrey 8-3 to notch a third singles win for MDI.
For boys’ first doubles, Drake Janes and September Murray for MDI swept Norman Jodrey and Carter Frank 8-1.
At number two, Trojan senior Bryce DiMauro and sophomore Gabe Michael defeated Andrew McCullough and Darian Goggin 8-5.
“We’ve had a shake up in the [doubles] line-up. We’re just trying to find a combination for doubles that works best,” Rowell said. “September [Murray] is a freshman, but he’s got a lot of skill, is very aggressive and active – kind of what I’m looking for. We’ll keep trying different partners each match just to see who wants it a little bit more and who will try and get out there on the courts and who works best with each other.”
In the singles for the girls’ team, India Janes defeated Alexa Grant of Ellsworth 9-8. At second singles, Molly Corson of MDI beat Sammy Mason 8-3, and MDI junior Delaney Smith defeated Victoria Page-Jackson 8-2.
For girls’ first doubles, Trojan juniors Emily McCarthy and Olivia McCarthy swept Kelsia Boyer and Avery Jester 8-4. At number two, Gabby Link and Izzy Wellman-Webster defeated Olivia Robidoux and Miriam Nelson of the Eagle’s team 8-4.
Even though the team is not at full strength without Ellie Bridgers, who is out due to a concussion, Rowell said “it was nice to have a full group there to fill out the five spots.”
“We had a tight match in second singles; Molly Corson did a good job rebounding from her loss against John Bapst. India [Janes] was up early and she hung around. She was able to pull out a tie breaker and a really good finish.”
The Lady Trojans took down the Hermon Hawks 5-0 on Friday, while the MDI boys fell 5-0.
In first singles, India Janes defeated Alex Allian 8-5, and Corson swept Maddi Willis 8-3 in second singles.
Smith won 8-0 against Lacey Wiles of Hermon at third singles.
In the first doubles matchup, Emily McCarthy and Olivia McCarthy defeated Jillian Taylor and Olivia Tardie 8-1.
Rachel Jacobs and Eliza Schleif of the Trojan team defeated Maddie Pullen and Maddie Willey 8-3 in the second.
Payson fell to Alex Marsh 9-7 in boys’ first singles, and Matt Allen defeated Geary 9-7 in second. Drake Janes was defeated 8-4 by Eric Byers at third singles.
In the first doubles matchup, Ben Phair and Colby Wittmer of the Hawks defeated Carroll and Murray 9-8. Max Craigo and Michael fell 8-6 to Kyle Byers and Enrique Bustillo in the second.
“We usually have a little bit of a lull, and sometimes we’re able to get out of it and get back and get a victory. Other times, we give away too many games and are not able to get back into the match,” Rowell said. “We’re trying to get a little bit of experience and playing other teams instead of just playing each other in practice. Hopefully by playing more matches, they’ll learn not to let games slip away.
“Especially in singles, we’ve had a bunch of matches where we’ve been up, and we just haven’t been able to close those out.”
The Trojans were slated to play against Old Town on Wednesday, May 4. They will host George Stevens Academy on Friday, May 6, and will travel to Presque Isle on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m.