Have you Hurd: Lion qualifies for Round of 48Flood, Kockerols, Keene also participate in prestigious event
Bangor — Four Belfast tennis players competed in the Maine Principals' Association state high school singles Region 2 qualifier on Wednesday, May 21, with one Lion student-athlete proving a cut above the rest in moving on to the state tournament.
Belfast senior Mariah Hurd finished 2-0 on the day and advanced to the Round of 48, which will begin on Friday, May 30 at Colby College in Waterville.
Teammates Amalia Kockerols and Ashley Keene, along with boys player David Flood, also participated, but ultimately, those three fell short in moving on to the next round.
Qualifying matches were held at one of four Bangor-area high schools: Bangor, Brewer, Hermon or Hampden Academy.
In girls action, Hurd beat Orono's Aiesha Sargent (score unavailable) in a pro-set match, which set up her match with Lee Academy's Molly Banks. Hurd then defeated Banks, 3-6, 6-1,6-1, to advance.
Kockerols, a senior, earned a bye into round two, but fell to Hampden Academy's Kristina Reichel, 0-8, in a pro-set match, which ended the Lion's run.
Keene, a senior, also earned a bye into round two, but fell to Old Town's Michaela Persson, 1-8, in a pro-set match, to end her run as well.
In boys action, Flood, a senior, earned a bye into round two, but was downed by Hampden's Filip Bilek, 1-8, in a pro-set match, to complete his run.