HS tennis notes: Saints know the ropes

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After three years playing as the core group of the St. Dom’s girls’ varsity tennis program, the Class of 2010 is being rewarded with a season to remember.

Unbeaten to this point in the season, the Saints are on a perfect pace. Leading the way at the top is senior Mary Emerson. A product of the vaunted Lewiston Recreation Department tennis program, Emerson has been solid at the top of the Saints’ lineup, and last weekend qualified for the MPA singles tourney round of 48.

The biggest strength for St. Dom’s this season, though, has been a pair of doubles teams who know each other well.

“My doubles, they have the same partners,” St. Dom’s coach Pamela Kay said, “They’ve played well, and they’ve been able to adjust to the different levels of play they’ve faced.”

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Laura St. Pierre and Hilary Gove, and Maggie Gamble and Julia Richardson hold down the doubles positions for the Saints.

Two underclassemen — sophomore Caroline Sheats and junior Carolyn Joseph round out the varsity seven. With the shift this season to the Mountain Valley Conference, the Saints avoid playing against traditional powers Falmouth and North Yarmouth Academy.

But even with an MVC schedule, they also managed to avoid perennial power and fellow unbeaten Winthrop. If both squads remain unbeaten, they’ll see each other in the MVC title match.

“It’s good to play matches like that ahead of the playoffs,” Kay said. “It’s good competition for the girls.”

The more things change …

Breaking in a new coach hasn’t appeared to slow down the Monmouth boys’ tennis squad.

With last year’s trip to the Western Maine final still fresh in their minds, the Mustangs are crafting another gem of a season. Nearly three-quarters of the way through the season, they’ve still yet to lose, and all three of the team’s singles players had solid showing last weekend at the Region 4 singles qualifier.

“I think they’re all kind of wishing they’d done it last year, too,” coach Lucas Turner said.

Noah Bosworth was the eighth seed in the regional bracket, and wound his way through a pair of matches to reach the main tourney draw. Morgan Bergeron and Corey Dyke each won through to the second round of qualifying, but each ran into a player from Lewiston High School there.

“It was a good experience for them to do this, to get used to it a bit more,” Turner said.

The main motivating factor for the Mustangs, though, has been their loss last year to Waynflete.

“They’ve come back more determined,” Turner said. “And they’re playing darn good tennis right now. We’re worried about the next match in front of us, always, but being (unbeaten), I’d be lying if I said the boys hadn’t talked about getting to 12-0 in the regular season. You just have to remind them, not to get to sure of themselves. Let’s worry about our next match first, and take it from there.”

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