The Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament concluded May 28 at Colby College, an event which saw a handful of Midcoast players give their all in hopes of being crowned the individual state champion.

Of the five local participants spanning Knox and Waldo County, all five came up short in their efforts, playing against the top competition the state has to offer.

In the end, it was Lincoln Academy’s Jordan Friedland and Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman who captured the boys and girls state singles championships.

The event was held Friday, Saturday and Monday, May 25-26 and May 28 at Colby College.

Friedland was the fifth seed in the boys tournament for Lincoln Academy, which participates in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s Class B division. Friedland, who plays No. 1 singles for the Eagles, has squared off against many local high school tennis players during the regular season.

Friedland defeated defending state champion and top overall seed Patrick Ordway of Waynflete, 5-7. 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinals and won the state crown with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over second-seeded Justin Brogan of Falmouth in the finals Monday.

Silverman, who advanced to last year’s state final, won her first state crown, besting fifth-seeded Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, in the semifinals before winning the state title with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over second-seeded Annie Criscione of Falmouth.

Of the four girls semifinalists, three of the four attend Falmouth High School.

On the girls side among local competitors, Camden Hills’ Emma Blakeley and Abby Blakeley, who are sisters, along with Belfast’s Shashanna Moll, each picked up victories in their respective runs, with Emma Blakeley and Moll advancing to the quarterfinals before falling against talented opponents.

Emma Blakeley and Moll were both seeded, with Blakeley earning the No. 12 seed and Moll No. 10.

Emma Blakeley picked up a second-round victory over Waynflete’s Emily White, 6-2, 6-0, before securing one of the more significant upsets of the tournament, besting fourth-seeded Mea Clark of Mount Desert Island, 6-2, 6-2. Emma Blakeley then fell, 1-6, 0-6, to Falmouth’s Leavitt, to end the Windjammer’s run.

Moll’s bid also was an impressive one, which saw her knock off a higher-seeded opponent as well en route to the quarterfinals. Moll bested Camden Hills’ Abby Blakeley, 6-1, 6-1, and then moved on to defeat seventh-seeded Devri Ramsey of Catherine-McAuley, 6-3, 6-2. Moll then fell to the second overall seed, Criscione of Falmouth, 1-6, 1-6, in the quarterfinal round.

Before falling to Moll in the Round of 32, Abby Blakeley, who was unseeded in the tournament, defeated Abby Harrison of Cheverus, 6-4, 6-1.

On the boys side among local competitors, Camden Hills’ John Vannorsdall and Oceanside’s Jordan Doutreluigne each fell to talented opponents.

Vannorsdall picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Edward Little’s Ben Bowles in the first round before falling to ninth-seeded Satchel McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth, 3-6, 3-6, in the second round.

Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer said Vannorsdall “played a solid, steady match, never really letting Ben get too comfortable and ultimately played his game and executed,” before meeting McCarthy in the second round.

“Satchel’s an extremely talented player and John needed to play good, steady tennis and I think, for the most part, he did and really experienced some success,” said Walker-Spencer.

Vannorsdall trailed 5-1 in the first set before making adjustments and nearly battled back to 5-4 before ultimately losing the set. McCarthy was up 4-3 in the second set before cleaning up his unforced errors and eventually won the match.

Doutreluigne went into the tournament as the seventh  seed, bypassing the first round in the process. The exchange student from Belgium then ran into unseeded Isaac Salas of Waynflete, who upset the Mariner, 4-6, 2-6, to eliminate him from the tournament.

Oceanside coach Peter Pfister took responsibility for Doutreluigne’s loss, adding he felt Doutreluigne was not as prepared as he might have been had Pfister teamed him up with more competitive hitting partners prior to the tournament.

“I would also say that he is a great kid and it was my pleasure to have him on the team,” said Pfister. “He showed his teammates what tennis at a higher level looks like.”

Salas, who is a Camden resident attending the Portland school as a freshman, then went on to defeat 10th seed Jesse Butler of Deering, 6-3, 6-1, before second-seeded Justin Brogan of Falmouth, 0-6, 0-6, ended Salas’ tournament run.

Walker-Spencer knows Salas well and used to give him tennis lessons years ago, while many of the Windjammer players train with Salas in the offseason at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The veteran coach, who said it is difficult for freshman to be seeded in the state singles tournaments since seeds often are mostly reflected on previous high school matches, that it was “an outstanding result” for Salas and it was “really exciting to see Isaac do so well.”

“We’re certainly happy for him,” Walker-Spencer said. “All the Camden Hills players that were there were cheering him on and eager to see him play and perform well.”

Salas defeated Hampden Academy’s Jordan Kilgour, 6-1, 6-1; bested Oceanside’s Doutreluigne, 6-4, 6-2; defeated Deering’s Butler, 6-3, 6-1; and fell to Falmouth’s Brogan, 0-6, 0-6.

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