LEWISTON, Maine — It was another step forward for two eastern Maine high school juniors Saturday at the Maine State Singles Tournament on the Bates College complex.
And while both Bob Tom Flynn from John Bapst of Bangor and Jenna Selander of Caribou advanced beyond the Round of 16, where they were eliminated last year, Flynn finds himself still alive and among the final four while Selander will have to wait until next year to make another run at the semis.
Flynn rallied all the way back from an opening set 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker loss to No. 4 seed Tyler Adams from Bonny Eagle of Buxton and win the last two in the best-of-three-sets format 6-1, 6-0 and advanced to a Monday semifinal match against top seed Brandon Thompson from Portland-based Waynflete, another private school.
“I broke his serve in the first game of that second set and that was the key for me,” Flynn said. “If I’d lost that, it probably would’ve gone all downhill. I needed that one.”
Selander got off to solid starts in each of her sets, taking 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 leads only to lose both by 6-4 scores to top seed Analise Kump of Falmouth.
“She had a lot of stamina … and she’s an all-around good player, so it was hard to find weak spots to take advantage of with her,” said Selander.
Fellow junior and teammate Laura Collins won her opening match and made it into the sweet 16 before being eliminated by No. 2 seed Elena Mandzhuokova of Brunswick.
The four boys semifinalists — three of whom play for Waynflete — return to Bates to play Monday morning at 9:30. They are Flynn, Thompson, No. 3 seed Devin Van Dyke, and No. 2 seed Patrick Ordway.
The four girls semifinalists are Kump and her opponent, No. 4 seed Emilie Cloutier of Lewiston, third seed Annie Criscione of Falmouth, and Manzhukova.