Delaney Smith of the Mount Desert Island girls’ varsity tennis team prepares to hit the ball in a doubles match against the Hermon Hawks on Tuesday, May 17. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Trojans qualify for states, split with Hawks

BAR HARBOR— The Mount Desert Island High School varsity tennis team competed at a singles tournament at Bangor High School on Saturday, May 14, where three MDI players qualified to advance to the state singles championship.

India Janes, Drake Janes and Kaleb Payson are now set to compete against players from across Maine at Lewiston High School from May 27 to May 30.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Trojans split with the Hermon Hawks at home.

The MDI girls won 4-1, and the Hermon boys won 3-2.

India Janes of the Trojan girls’ team defeated Alex Allain 8-5 in first singles.

“India [Janes] lost a few matches in a row in the past, but she qualified in the singles, and that helped her confidence to pull away a victory,” MDI head Coach Ben Rowell said.

Molly Corson won 8-6 against Maddie Willis in second singles, and Jillian Taylor of Hermon won at third by default.

“Molly [Corson] was up early, she got down in the middle, but pulled away a victory,” added Rowell.

The duo of Emily McCarthy and Olivia McCarthy of MDI defeated Maddie Pullen and Olivia Tardie 8-2 in the first doubles matchup.

Delaney Smith and Eliza Schleif defeated Maddi Willey and Reannah Glidden 8-1 in the second.

In boys’ first singles, Alex Marsh defeated Payson of the Trojan team 8-2. Teddy Geary of MDI won second singles 8-4 against Mat Allen. Drake Janes defeated Eric Byers 8-5 at third.

In the first doubles matchup, Jimmy Carroll and September Murray fell 8-5 to Ben Phair and Colby Wittmer of the Hawks.

Enrique Bustillo and Matt Sforza of Hermon defeated Gabe Michael and Bryce DiMauro 8-3 in the second.

“They [Hermon] have some good players on their team. We played our best, but it was tough matchup.”

The Trojans are set to host the John Bapst Crusaders on Tuesday, May 24, at 4 p.m.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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