Tennis teams fight for playoff berths
The Eastern Maine Region I tennis singles tournament took place Tuesday in Caribou after being postponed from Saturday due to rain.
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PRESQUE ISLE’S Drew Barrett hits a return during his match against Caribou, played last Tuesday at Caribou High School. The Wildcats lost the match, 3-2.
The seeded players for the Presque Isle Wildcats were Kayla Girardin, No. 7 for girls, and Liam Hughes, No. 2 for boys.
The players surviving Tuesday earned the right to make the trip to Lewiston May 25 for the state tournament.
The PI girls were beaten last Tuesday in team play at Caribou, 4-1. The doubles combination of Blair Bailey and Michelle Cawley were the only Wildcats to pull off a victory. They defeated Clara Collins and Emma Duplissie-Cyr, 8-2.
The ’Cat girls came back the following afternoon to down Houlton, 5-0. Girardin, Sara Gilson and Hilary Boucher won in singles, while the doubles teams of Bailey-Cawley and Lora Ireland-Sedona Lucas also came out on top.
Presque Isle holds a record of 3-3 and is in 10th place in the Eastern Maine Class B standings. The top 11 qualify for post-season play.
The Presque Isle boys lost at Caribou, 3-2. Hughes won his singles match against Ethan Plourde, 8-6, while Chase Norton picked up the Wildcats’ other victory by topping Zac Gorence, 8-4.
Last Wednesday, PI was a 4-1 winner over Houlton. Hughes and Norton triumphed in singles, while the doubles teams of Mike Michaud-Chris Carroll and Andrew Dyer-Zach Breton also prevailed.
The squad is in 13th place in EM ‘B’ with its 2-4 mark. PI has doubleheaders scheduled Thursday at home against Madawaska and Saturday at Old Town. The regular season concludes early next week with matches Monday at Houlton and Tuesday at Fort Kent.