The Belfast boys and girls tennis squads have been busy in recent days with contests against fellow Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B foes Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Waterville.

Neither Lion squad could find the win column against the Mariners or Purple Panthers, falling to both squads in matches played Friday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 24.

The following is a recap of those reported match results:

Boys tennis

Oceanside 3, Belfast 2

At Belfast April 26, the Mariners emerged victorious over the winless Lions, as Oceanside remained unbeaten on the young season.

The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Cameron Butler beat Tyler Martin, 8-2; Henry Berry beat David Flood, 8-3; and Luke Rector lost to Kenan Mahmic, 3-8.

In doubles, Love Eklund and Tyler Gilson lost to Pietari Turunen and Dakota Wing, 4-8; and Nathan Philbrook and Eli Thorbjornson beat Gabe Alex and Tanner Luther, 8-4.

The two teams were knotted 2-2 with Butler and Martin's match set to decide the outcome, with Butler's performance guiding the visitors to the win.

“Prior to the match, I told the team not to consider Belfast's record,” said Oceanside coach Shawn Dulac. “Belfast is a good team and I knew that this was going to be a tough match. Being on the road and playing eight-game pro sets create significant obstacles for us. They responded with a team victory despite the adversity and unfamiliar format. Butler started his match knowing that victory was dependent upon his racket. His clutch performance sealed the win.”

In exhibition play, Jack Crockett and Sam Crockett beat Hendrik Andrews and Logan Mitchell, 6-0; and Jayce Thorbjornson and Stephen Goodridge beat Luther and Tae Sung, 6-3.

Waterville 3, Belfast 2

At Belfast April 24, the Lions were downed by the Purple Panthers in a closely-contested match.

The individual results, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, Flood lost to Zach Disch, 2-8; Martin lost to Ilyas Khan, 4-7; and Mahmic lost to Tharadol in a thrilling match, 8-9, eventually falling 15-17 in a tiebreaker.

In doubles, Turunen and Wing beat Adrian Rivas and Will Sennett, 8-3; and Alex and Mitchell beat John Kaminski and Langdon Holly, 8-4.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (0-3, no points) is 11th, while Caribou (3-0, 10.5556 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls tennis

Oceanside 3, Belfast 2

At Rockland April 26, the Mariners and Lions battled tooth-and-nail in a closely-contested match, with the hosts holding court and staying undefeated with a victory over Belfast.

The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: Kasie Waters lost to Shoshanna Moll, 0-6, 2-6; Phoebe Ferraiolo beat Julia Ward, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Lindsey Joyce beat Kalyn Robbins, 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles, Vieno Carter and Hannah Lacasse beat Ashley Keene and Mariah Hurd, 6-2, 6-2; and Afton Tupper and Jackie Thorbjornson lost to Mackenzie Moore and Geneva Bielenberg, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6.

“Today was by far our toughest match of the season,” said Oceanside coach Nick Blais. “Belfast always has a great team and is a challenge for us each year.  All my girls started off winning their first sets and, while Lindsey, Vieno and Hannah went straight on to win second sets, some of the other girls struggled a bit. I was very pleased to see Phoebe come out in such a dominant way to soundly defeat her opponent in the third set.  Second doubles had a slightly more difficult time with their opponents but played some great tennis. Today was the best tennis I've seen either of my doubles team play.  Both teams communicated well and played extremely aggressively throughout their respective matches.”

In exhibition play, Lily Butler and Brianna Bodman prevailed in their match 8-1, while Alayne Joyce and Meg McGonagle prevailed in their match 8-3. Names of the Belfast exhibition players were unavailable.

Waterville 5, Belfast 0

At Waterville April 24, the Lions were blanked by the talented Purple Panthers, who lost only one game during the match.

The individual results, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, Moll lost to Tiffany Suchanck, 0-6, 0-6; Ward lost to Colleen O'Donnell, 0-6, 0-6; and Robbins lost to Olivia Lopes, 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles, Mariah Hurn and Ashley Keene lost to Lauren Hallenbeck and Fedricka Miele, 0-6, 0-6; and Bielenberg and Moore lost to Emma Cristan and Emily Durour, 0-6, 1-6.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (1-2, 2.4306 points) is ninth, while Ellsworth (3-1, 8.1250 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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