Whether it is the satisfaction of earning an ace on a serve, scoring a point near the net or smashing a forehand winner, tennis was rampant throughout the Midcoast in the spring with many talented teams showcasing their talents on the court.

And for 16 student-athletes, the hard work in practices, regular season matches, playoffs matches and, in a few cases, the state singles tournament, has paid off as they have been selected to VillageSoup’s annual high school girls tennis notables.

This year’s notables include Rockland’s Phoebe Ferraiolo, Allison Ward, Natasha Seavey and Chelsea Hawksley; Camden Hills’ Camilla Walker, Carissa English, Christine Forcillo, Abby Blakeley, Emma Blakeley, Kayla Hart and Erika Alex; Medomak Valley’s Isabel Lovely; Belfast’s Rosie LaCivita and Shashanna Moll; and Georges Valley’s Kasie Waters and Rosemary McGeady.

Alex, Hart, LaCivita, Seavey and Hawksley are seniors; Emma Blakeley, Ward, McGeady and Waters, juniors; English, Forcillo, Walker, Moll, Lovely and Ferraiolo, sophomores; and Abby Blakeley, a freshman.

VillageSoup will name notables in all high school varsity sports where there are at least two Midcoast teams in that season playing an official varsity schedule. Student-athletes who will be considered for notable distinction can come from Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockland District High School, Medomak Valley High School, Georges Valley High School, Vinalhaven High School, North Haven Community School, Islesboro Central School, Mount View High School and Searsport District High School. Beginning this fall, Georges Valley and Rockland will become Oceanside High School.

In the spring, VillageSoup names notables in boys tennis, girls tennis, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field.

Girls tennis is offered at Rockland, Camden Hills, Belfast, Medomak Valley and Georges Valley.

The criteria to become a Midcoast notable student-athlete begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are their top student-athletes for that season, not necessarily a high school career. In this case, for girls tennis, Belfast’s John Cameron, Camden Hills’ Karen Brace, Georges Valley’s Maynard “Bud” Philbrook, Rockland’s Nick Blais and Medomak Valley’s Marcia Robbins were polled for their nominations.

The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

In naming notables in a sport, VillageSoup is not trying to highlight every potentially deserving student-athlete from a given team, only to highlight the most consistently strong performers during a particular season in a particular sport. Obviously, with any such list of notables being subjective, not all those initially considered ultimately will make the final list of notables.

In addition, there usually is at least one representative from each school in a given sport, but that is not always the case. From that point, the rest of the notables could be a mix of student-athletes from many schools, or weighted heavily on one or two schools. Obviously, the more success a particular team has will, in some respects, dictate the number of potential notables it receives.

In most sports, the nomination process for a sport begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are each respective team’s premier players for that season, not necessarily for a high school career. The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

A nomination only guarantees each candidate’s consideration, not ultimate notable status. While the input of each coach is weighed heavily with each candidate, the final decisions are made by VillageSoup Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Again, not all potential notables will ultimately become VillageSoup’s notables. Only those nominated by coaches and ultimately selected by the VillageSoup sports staff.

Belfast, competing in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B, finished with a record of 7-5 and earned the number eight seed in Eastern Class B. The Lions were eliminated by top-seeded Camden Hills in the quarterfinals 5-0.

Camden Hills, competing in KVAC Class B, finished with an unblemished regular-season mark of 12-0, and claimed the top overall seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Windjammers defeated No. 8 Belfast 5-0 in the quarterfinal round before falling to fourth-seeded Waterville 4-1 in the semifinals, ending their postseason run. The ‘Jammers also earned a berth in the KVAC Class B championship match, but again were upended by the Waterville Purple Panthers.

Georges Valley, competing in the Mountain Valley Conference, finished with a record of 3-9 and was 11th in Western Class C. The Buccaneers did not qualify for postseason play.

Medomak Valley, competing in KVAC Class B, finished with a record of 2-10 and were 13th in Eastern Class B. The Panthers did not qualify for postseason play.

Rockland, competing in KVAC Class B, finished with a record of 7-5 and earned the number six seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Tigers were eliminated from postseason play by No. 3 Ellsworth, falling 5-0.

The following are the VillageSoup high school girls tennis notables, listed in alphabetical order:

Alex, a senior, played second doubles for much of the season for Camden Hills and ended the year with a 12-1 mark playing much of that time alongside teammate Hart. A co-captain on the Windjammers this season, Alex also dabbled a bit at first singles and was a positive player to have on the team, always playing with a great deal of dedication. Coach Brace credited the duo at second doubles with some of the team’s success, with them being significantly stronger than many of the other teams in the KVAC in that slot. Alex also was named to the KVAC all-academic team.

Abby Blakeley, a freshman, burst onto the scene for Camden Hills this season and spent much of the year in the third singles slot, ending the year with a 14-1 mark, leading the team in victories. She also spent time at both second and first singles throughout the end of the season and into the playoffs after Emma Blakeley, her older sister, and English were sidelined with injuries. While her court prowess and overall athleticism is solid, coach Brace said Blakeley’s mental side of the game grew by leaps and bounds, and could help her become one of the team’s elite players in the coming seasons should she continue to grow. “She has a great deal of promise and natural talent to lead the team forward through upcoming CHRHS tennis seasons,” said Brace.

Emma Blakeley, a junior, was the most valuable player on the court for Camden Hills this season, sporting an 8-1 record out of the first singles slot before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season. Coach Brace described Blakeley as a “rock” for the team and always was at attention, both cheering and supporting teammates during their respective contests. Blakeley also earned a spot in the Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament for the third straight year, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Blakeley, who is a one-sport athlete for the Windjammers, hopes to come back for a strong senior season and lead her team deep into the playoffs.

English, a sophomore, dominated for Camden Hills in the second singles ranks, finishing the year with a record of 12-2 and also qualified for the Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament for the second straight year, earning the No. 11 seed in the tournament. English bested Scarborough’s Jenna Posey 6-4, 6-0, before falling to Falmouth’s Libby Vollola, 1-6, 1-6, ending her tournament run. English also was injured during the state singles tournament, which sidelined her for the postseason for Camden Hills. English also earned the team sportsmanship award and will return next season with a strong supporting cast in hopes of making a run deep into the Eastern Class B playoffs. English also was named first-team all-conference in KVAC Class B.

Ferraiolo, a sophomore, played first doubles for Rockland this season and proved to be one of the team’s best all-around athletes. Playing alongside teammate Hawksley, Ferraiolo sported an 8-2 record this season, with the duo being “the foundation of our team this year,” according to coach Blais. Ferraiolo was an integral part of the Tigers’ success, with the first doubles team earning regular-season wins against the likes of Lincoln Academy and Waterville, the latter of which advanced to the state Class B finals. Coach Blais credited the duo’s laid back attitudes and willingness to do what was needed to win as a key part of the team’s overall success this year. Ferraiolo likely will be a significant player next season for Oceanside.

Forcillo, a sophomore, proved to be one of the more versatile players on the Camden Hills roster this season, playing with two different partners at both first and second doubles after Walker was promoted to third singles. She also played one singles match this season and ended the year with an impressive 12-1 mark. Coach Brace said that Forcillo was given the “Competitive Edge” award by her team based on her ability to adapt to certain situations. She also displayed a positive attitude all season and “was never shy about coming to the net even in that singles match, a talent that is rare in girls tennis,” said Brace.

Hart, a senior, was second on the team in victories this year with a 13-1 mark, playing both first and second doubles at different times. Hart, a co-captain, received the team sportsmanship award and served as a strong mentor and role model to the team’s younger players. “She had a good attitude and calmed everyone down with her confidence and her experience,” said coach Brace. Hart has been a mainstay on the Windjammer squad for four years and will be missed next season. Hart also was named to the KVAC all-academic team.

Hawksley, a senior, played first doubles this season for Rockland and alongside teammate Ferraiolo, and sported an 8-2 record on the year. Coach Blais called the tandem the foundation of the team, adding, “They always kept it close but they just knew how to win.” The team won matches against Lincoln Academy and Waterville this season, the latter in which advanced to the state Class B finals this season. The duo’s laid back attitude proved to be one of the team’s best assets, as the Tigers followed that example, which helped translate to much success on the court. Hawksley will be missed next season as Rockland makes the transition to Oceanside. Hawksley also was named to the KVAC all-academic team.

LaCivita, a senior, played second singles for Belfast this season and had her best regular season to date, earning a 10-2 mark for the Lions. A four-year player for the Lions, LaCivita was 7-5 as a junior at second singles and is “a complete tennis player,” according to coach Cameron. LaCivita’s leadership and determination will be missed by the Lions next season.

Lovely, a sophomore, was Medomak Valley’s diamond-in-the-rough this season, bouncing back and forth between first doubles and third singles throughout the course of the year. Lovely sported a 2-1 record at third singles and a 3-6 record at first doubles for a mark of 5-7 on the year. A player who’s first real taste of competitive tennis came last season for the Panthers, coach Robbins called Lovely a “go-getter,” was energetic and a player that would never give up on the court. She expects Lovely to vie for a full-time singles spot next season as a junior.

McGeady, a junior, played second singles for Georges Valley this season and was a “big surprise” to coach Philbrook. Having not played last season and playing only exhibition matches as a freshman, McGeady went 6-6 on the court and got the most out of her abilities as a superb athlete. “I didn’t give her much thought going [into the season], but when I saw how she was hitting the ball, I realized she’s come a long way.”

Moll, a sophomore, played first singles for Belfast this season and thrived in that role, sporting a 10-2 record in the regular season. Not only was Moll the team’s top all-around player, but separated herself from the rest of the pack by qualifying for the Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament. Moll defeated Catherine McAuley’s Nicole Connolly, 6-3, 6-3 and Caribous’ Laura Collins, 6-2, 6-2, before falling to third-seeded Silverman of Brunswick, 6-1, 6-1. Moll then lead her team to the postseason, where the Lions fell the top-seeded Camden Hills. Moll also was a second-team all-conference selection in KVAC Class B and certainly will be an intriguing player to watch next year as a junior.

Seavey, a senior, made the jump to second singles this season for Rockland after playing exclusively second doubles last year for the Tigers. Seavey handled the transition very well and ended the year with a 5-9 record, which encompassed both preseason and playoff matches in addition to regular season contests. Coach Blais called Seavey a natural leader and a player he hates to see graduate. Seavey, in addition to teammate Ward, would often host team dinners and lead team functions, while also being a leader on the court for the rest of the team. Seavey was also named to the KVAC all-academic team.

Walker, a sophomore, proved to be an integral part of the Windjammer cog after first singles player Emma Blakeley was sidelined due to injury. Walker jumped from first doubles to third singles and had a terrific team attitude, according to coach Brace. “I’ve never seen a girl work harder than she did for every single point,” said the veteran coach. “Even when she was down score-wise, she did not give up.” Walker sported a 12-2 record on the season for Camden Hills.

Ward, a junior, stepped up and played first singles for Rockland this season after playing first doubles last year for the Tigers. Ward handled the transition with ease, finishing with a 5-9 record including both the preseason and playoffs. Coach Blais called Ward “a joy to watch play and improve” this season and was also one of the team leaders, despite being a junior. Ward never gave up all season and always challenged her opponents, while regularly lining up against the top individual players throughout the rigorous KVAC ranks. Coach Blais expects Ward to be one of the team’s top players next season for Oceanside.

Waters, a junior, made the jump to first singles this after playing exclusively first and second doubles last season and was the team captain this year for Georges Valley. Coach Philbrook described Waters as an emotional player that became invested in her matches, while also being a superb team leader and had an excellent work ethic. Waters finished with a 3-9 record this season.

VillageSoup Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.