June 20, 2018
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Brunswick, Falmouth, Waynflete earn state crowns

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — No Eastern Maine team has won the Class C state championship in girls tennis since the division was added in 1995.

But George Stevens Academy endeavors to keep trying after its 3-2 loss to the Waynflete School of Portland in Saturday’s state final at Colby College.

“We played well and I think Waynflete has a good team, but I like the way we fought to get to 3-2 and hopefully we’ll get here again and try it again,” said GSA coach Tim Farrar after his team’s fourth trip to the championship match in the last six years.

“I know one thing for sure, if you’re not here you don’t have a chance to win it.”

Brunswick provided Eastern Maine its only victory of the day, defeating McAuley of Portland 3-2 for the Class A crown, while Falmouth won its fifth consecutive Class B championship with a 5-0 victory over Waterville

Waynflete, which also defeated GSA in last year’s Class C final, won the first three matches that secured the title to finish its season with an 11-5 record.

The Flyers’ second doubles team of Abby Cough and Sophie Raffel defeated Maggie Keating and Ye Zhang 6-2, 6-1, then Hilary Niles topped Maggie Theoharidis 6-0, 6-3 at third singles before top-seeded Emily White bested Sotherd Steer 6-3, 6-1 to provide Waynflete the clinching point.

GSA’s first doubles team of Grace Bugbee and Ramsey Williamson rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Phoebe Syva and Hanae Miyake 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

GSA’s Charlotte Reiter and Waynflete’s Emily Trafton split their first two sets, and with the match decided opted to play a first-to-10-points super tiebreaker to decide their match at second singles. Reiter outlasted Trafton 3-6, 7-6(6) and then 10-8 in the deciding tiebreak.

GSA finished its season with a 14-3 record.

In Class B, Falmouth stretched its winning streak to 73 consecutive matches by defeating Waterville for the second straight year.

It took coach Sandy Stone’s Yachtsmen barely 75 minutes to finish off five straight-set victories, allowing a previously undefeated Waterville team that returned intact from the 2011 squad just nine total games.

Falmouth (16-0) was led by senior top seed Annie Criscione, the runner-up in the recent state singles tournament, who eased past Waterville sophomore Colleen O’Donnell 6-1, 6-1.

But by the time that match was complete, the Yachtsmen already had clinched the team championship.

Falmouth’s first doubles tandem of Abby Payson and Steffi Rothweiler defeated Emily Dufour and Lauren Hallenback 6-2, 6-1, then freshman Olivia Leavitt — one of two newcomers to the starting lineup this spring — bested Jayme Saulter without dropping a game at third singles.

Katie Ryan and Marlena Lantos defeated Melanie Bureau and Brittany Saulter 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles and Analise Kump — like Criscione a four-year starter for the Yachtsmen — bested Olivia Lopes 6-1, 6-0 at second singles.

Waterville finished its season with a 15-1 record.

In the Class A match, Brunswick relied on state singles champion Maisie Silverman and its two doubles teams to win the program’s first state championship since 1998.

Silverman, a sophomore, coasted past McAuley’s Addie Devine 6-0, 6-1 at first singles to hand the 15-1 Lions their first and only singles loss of the season.

That win came after the 16-0 Dragons swept the doubles, with Alexa Rivers and Gillian Ford defeating Siobhan Kenneally and Katie Poulin 7-5, 6-1 at first doubles and Leah Soloway and Samiera MacMullen topping Caitlyn Connelly and Katherine O’Brien 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

McAuley salvaged the final two points of the match as Devri Ramsey defeated Brunswick’s Ali Stankiewicz 6-3, 6-2 at second singles and Ally Strawn bested Laura Pavitt 6-1, 6-4 at third singles.

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