“I was just thinking, ‘Go back to the basics, get it in, don’t make stupid mistakes,'” Chamberland said. “I wanted to try and tie it up so I could have a better chance.”

She tied it up, and then some, rattling off five consecutive game victories to take the first set. She then produced a carbon-copy comeback in the second set, earning a 6-4, 6-4 win over Greco and helping No. 4 Winthrop upend top-ranked St. Dom’s 3-2 in their Western Class C tennis semifinal on Saturday.

“There really isn’t anyone else on the team I’d rather have had in that position,” Winthrop coach Jess Merrill said. “She’s consistent enough and she’s such a smart player. I knew she was never out of that match.”

“Megan played a fantastic match,” St. Dom’s coach Kevin Cullen said. “She kept balls in play, she made five or six gets that were just incredible. Some of them, the people there were like, ‘point’s over,’ and she went and tracked them down.”

Chamberland’s match was the last on the court of the five played, with the teams having split the first two. Winthrop’s second doubles topped St. Dom’s pair, while the Saints earned a win at first doubles.

The Saints’ top singles player, Bethany Hammond win easily in her match, while the Ramblers’ Jess Ames turned the tables on St. Dom’s Alaina Dyer from their first meeting at third singles.

“She showed a lot of heart, playing with a wrist that right now is throbbing,” Cullen said of Dyer, who injured herself after the teams first played. Saturday was her first match back, and she wore a bandage on her lower arm.

“Jess Ames came up really big for us. She lost the first time she played this girl (at third singles),” Merrill said.

With all four matches complete, and with Chamberland up a set, both players knew what was at stake. In their first meeting this season, Chamberland topped Greco 6-0 in the second set after a tight opener.

“This time, it was a lot closer, there was a lot more pressure,” Chamberland said. “I knew after the first set it was down to me, to our match.”

“She’s my fighter,” Merrill said. “She never gives up. Even in the games she’s playing, she still changes what she does. She’s good at changing her strategy on a dime.”

Greco tried hitting with more pace, and succeeded in building 4-1 leads in each set. But Chamberland was able to hit returns — spectacular at times — and keep the ball in play enough to retake the advantage.

“Last year, two years ago even, she was fine with the slower pace,” Cullen said. “Hitting with Bethany in practice, she’s really gotten used to pace. It was tricky for her today.”

Winthrop advances to the Western C regional final Thursday at Bates College. The Ramblers will take on Waynflete for the right to play in the Class C state final.

“They deserved that win, their whole team played well today,” Cullen said.

“This team has so much confidence and we’ve been playing so well the second half of the season,” Merrill said. “To see all their hard work pay off, it’s great.”

Lewiston bows out

Brunswick’s girls are on a mission, and their senior-laden squad rolled past Lewiston Saturday to reach the Eastern A final.

Maisie Silverman — this year’s state singles runner-up — set the tone with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Maddi Roy. Ali Stankiewicz followed with a win at No. 2 over Kyleigh Letourneau by the same score, and Leah Soloway completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Maddie LeBlond.

Samiera MacMullen and Kira Wolpow topped Jenessa Talarico and Claudia Dionne at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-3, and in the tightest match of the day, Lyse Henshaw and Elizabeth Day edged Kenzie Labadie and Alanna Taylor 7-6 (2), 7-5.

“We knew going in they were a good team,” Lewiston coach Anita Murphy said. “They’re so good. You have to respect them. And I’m proud of our girls, too. We had five wins last year, and we have 11 this year, so we doubled it up.”

Spruce Mountain marches on

The Spruce Mountain girls’ tennis team gutted out another tough match Saturday, and advanced to the Western Class B final with a win over Maranacook. The Phoenix move on to face Greely at Bates College on Thursday. The Rangers topped Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, 3-2.


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