Vikes to play in tennis final

12 years ago

By Kevin Sjoberg
Sports Reporter

CARIBOU – It wasn’t easy, but the Viking girls varsity tennis team has made it into yet another Eastern Maine final.

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Ashley Richards of Caribou hits a backhand during her No. 2 singles match against Oceanside’s Kasie Waters at Thursday’s Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal match. Richards won 6-0, 6-2 and her Vikings prevailed in the rain-shortened match, 3-0.

By virtue of a 3-0 win over Oceanside Thursday and a 3-2 victory over Ellsworth Saturday, the No. 2 Caribou squad will now play top seed Waterville this morning at 10 a.m. at Colby College in Waterville. Both the Vikings and Panthers head into the regional final with identical 14-0 records.

The winner will move on to the Class B state championships, to be held Saturday, also at Colby.

Thursday’s quarterfinal match in Caribou was a rain-shortened event, as both the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches could not be completed. However, the Vikes were able to clinch the win when Katie Keaton, playing No. 3 singles, finished off Oceanside’s Rosemary McGeady, 6-4, 6-2.

Caribou’s other two wins were recorded by the top doubles team of Alexa Massey and Erin Patton, who defeated Phoebe Ferraiolo and Lindsey Joyce, 6-2, 6-0; and second singles player Ashley Richards, who downed Kasie Waters, 6-0, 6-2.

In the suspended matches, the Vikings’ Carlee Pinette, in No. 1 singles, held the lead over Allison Ward, 6-4, 1-0. In No. 2 doubles, Caribou’s Clara Collins and Emma Duplissie-Cyr dropped their first set, 6-7 (5-7), but were leading the second, 5-2, against Vieno Carter and Hannah Lacasse.

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Katie Keaton eyes the result of her forehand during her match against Oceanside’s Rosemary McGeady Thursday. Keaton, Caribou’s No. 2 singles player, won in straight sets in the playoff quarterfinal.

On Saturday, the Vikings’ three singles matches came through with victories to lead the way against No. 3 Ellsworth in a semifinal match played in Caribou.

Pinette handed Ashley Harding a 6-1, 6-3 loss, while Richards stopped Ina Maloney, 6-0, 6-4, and Keaton was too much for Paige Lewis, winning 6-0, 6-2.

The Eagles prevailed in both doubles matches. Rachel Ball and Jessica Toothaker defeated Massey and Patton,  6-2, 6-4. Olivia Mora and Sarah Shelton topped Collins and Duplissie-Cyr, 6-1, 6-1.