Teddy Geary of Mount Desert Island High School serves up a fast one last Thursday afternoon during a varsity tennis match at Ellsworth High School. Both the MDI boys’ and girls’ teams defeated the Eagles 4-1. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Trojans notch tennis victories over Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island boys’ and girls’ tennis teams each posted 4-1 victories over Ellsworth on Thursday.

The MDI boys got wins from Drake Janes and Teddy Geary in singles. In doubles, Gabe Michael and September Murray defeated Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole and Colby Clarke, and Ryan Kelly and Nolan Murphy beat Cody Grover and Darian Goggin. The win for Ellsworth came from Norman Jodrey, who defeated Jimmy Carroll 8-6.

Ellie Bridgers and Delaney Smith led the MDI girls to singles wins. Rachel Jacobs and Emily Banks defeated Ellsworth’s Carli Bryant and Alysse Frye in doubles, and the Trojans’ Rachelle Swanson and Bailey Cust defeated Faith Braley and Sophia Petros. For Ellsworth, Brianna Abbott posted a singles win over India Janes.

“I am very pleased with the girls,” said Head Coach Ben Rowell. “I was not expecting that since we had some new players and even had to pull one player [Cust] up from the JV team.”

Swanson, Banks and Murphy all shined in their first ever varsity matches.

Rowell was impressed by Drake Janes’ performance and expects good things to come throughout the season.

“This is his first time playing first singles, and he really dominated out there and looked solid and in control,” he said. “The competition at this level is more difficult, and he looks up to the task.”

With matches and practices being cancelled due to weather, the Trojans have a packed upcoming schedule as postponed matches are made up.

MDI is set to host a doubleheader on Thursday, May 4, playing against Washington Academy at 3:30 p.m., followed by a match against Hermon High School.

The Trojans will face home team George Stevens Academy at the Ellsworth Tennis Center on Friday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. The team will then host a rematch against Ellsworth on Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

Reporter Mike Mandell contributed to this story.


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