The Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis qualifiers for boys and girls swing in this weekend, with many local court squads sending representatives to different sites in the hope of qualifying for the state’s most prestigious high school tournament.

Those who qualify this weekend will have two weeks to prepare for the start of the tournament, which will be at Colby College in Waterville, beginning Friday, May 25.

The quarterfinals will be held Saturday, May 26, while the semifinals and finals will be Monday, May 28.

Belfast will send six representatives to the Region 2 qualifier, which will be at the University of Maine in Orono. The Lion players who will pariticpate include Shashanna Moll, Liz McAvoy and Makaila Gould on the girls side and Carson Beck, Cameron Martin and Taylor Peabody on the boys side.

Moll, who enters this year’s girls qualifier as the No. 3 seed, was seeded fourth in the qualifier last year and went 2-0 to earn a berth in the state singles tournament. She then defeated Nicole Connolly of Catherine McAuley, 6-3, 6-3, and Laura Collins of Caribou 6-2, 6-2, before falling to third-seeded Maisie Silverman of Brunswick, 6-1, 6-1.

This is first appearance in the state qualifier for McAvoy, Gould, Beck, Martin and Peabody.

Camden Hills also will be send six representatives to the Region 3 qualifier, which will be held at two separate sites.

The boys qualifier will be at the Buker Junior High School in Augusta, while the girls qualifier will be on the Mt. Ararat High School/Middle School campus in Topsham.

Four Windjammers participated in the qualifier last year, three of whom advanced. The Windjammer players include Emma Blakeley, Abby Blakeley and Carrie Helmholz for the girls, and John Vannorsdall, Evan Drinkwater and Sam Predham on the boys side. The Blakeleys are sisters.

Drinkwater, who enters this year’s boys qualifier as the No. 7 seed, was ranked fifth in the qualifier last year and went 2-0, to earn a berth in the state singles tournament. He then bested Oak Hill’s Brian Bradstreet, 6-0, 6-4 in the first round, but was ousted by the top overall seed, Waynflete’s Patrick Ordway.

Vannorsdall, who enters this year’s boys qualifier as the No. 4 seed, was seeded seventh in the qualifier last year and went 2-0, to earn a berth in the state singles tournament. He then fell to Bruce Paxton of North Yarmouth Academy 6-0, 6-4.

Emma Blakeley, who enters this year’s qualifier as the No. 3 seed, was seeded second in the qualifier last year and went 2-0, to earn a berth in the state singles tournament. She was later forced to withdraw from the state singles tournament with an injury.

Abby Blakeley, who enters this year’s girls qualifier as the No. 8 seed, was unseeded in the qualifier last year with a 1-1 record, falling short of a state singles tournament berth.

This is the first state singles qualifiers for Predham and Helmholz

Oceanside also will send six representatives to the Region 3 qualifier, with boys players Jordan Doutreluigne, Gordon Armstrong and Cam Butler heading to Buker Junior High School in Augusta and Kasie Waters, Allison Ward and Rosemary McGeady all going to the Mount Ararat High School/Middle School campus .

This is the first apppearance in the state singles qualifier for Doutreluigne, Armstrong, Butler, Waters, Ward and McGeady.

Doutreluigne, an exchange student from Belgium who is unbeaten in regular-season play and quickly proving to be one of the state’s top players, is the second seed in the qualifier.

Medomak Valley will send three boys representatives — Conor Dahlberg, Aaron Smeltzer and Noah Beck — to the Region 3 qualifier held at Buker Junior High School in Augusta

It is Dahlberg, Smeltzer and Beck’s first appearances in the state singles qualifier.

The Medomak Valley girls will not send a representative this year.

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