It is a testament merely to qualify for the Maine Principals’ Association state high school singles tennis tournament, which four Midcoast student-athletes did as Camden Hills’ Colby Arau, Matt Morse and Naomi Landry — along with Belfast’s Rudi Schnetzer — gave it their collective all on the courts on Friday, May 26 at The Racket & Fitness Center in Portland.

And while the talented foursome did not come home with one of the state crowns, all represented the area with style as Arau finished 1-1 during the event and Schnetzer, Morse and Landry 0-1.

Arau, who went 2-0 in the state singles qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, swung past Balazs Balati of Thornton Academy of Saco, 6-4, 6-2, before running into one of the top seeds in the tournament — No. 4 Alex Klemperer of Falmouth — who bested Arau, 7-5, 6-3.

Morse, who also went 2-0 in the qualifier, dropped a first-set tiebreaker and ultimately went down to Declan Archer of Kennebunk, 6-7 (4), 3-6.

Schnetzer, who also went 2-0 in the qualifier, was dealt a 4-6, 4-6 loss to Andrew Daigle of Presque Isle.

On the girls side, Landry, who went 2-0 in the qualifier, fell to Kathryn Pare of Greely, 2-6, 1-6

The four local players will refocus and prepare for the upcoming Class B North playoffs. The Windjammer teams — along with the Lion boys — qualified for the postseason, as did, locally, the Belfast and Oceanside girls and Medomak Valley boys.

Friday's matches originally were scheduled at Colby College in Waterville, but were moved to indoor venues due to rain.

Nick Mathieu of Mount Ararat of Topsham and Lana Mavor of Yarmouth won their respective state singles championships on Monday, May 29 at The Racket & Fitness Center.

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