The Class B North prelim playoff match might have been long in time, but, in the end, the Belfast boys tennis team made short work of visiting Old Town on Tuesday, May 30.

In a match that finished in just under four hours — due, largely, to the fact the Lions have only two courts at Belfast City Park — the hosts took care of business as they swung to a 4-1 win over the Coyotes.

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With the win, No. 8 Belfast (8-5) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will play at top-ranked and unbeaten Caribou (12-0) on Thursday, June 1 at 2 p.m. The Lions did not play the Vikings during the regular season.

With inclement weather in the forecast in Caribou for Thursday, the match will be played indoors in Madawaska at the multi-purpose center, 160 7th Ave.

Old Town’s season wrapped at 5-8. Belfast and Old Town did not play one another during the regular season.

“I’m very pleased with how we did,” said Lion coach Keith Holland. “We celebrate this victory for a little bit, but I also think we have the potential to be OK on Thursday. This is nice and we can celebrate, but I’m feeling like we can go on [past the quarterfinal round].”

The individual results, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, Josh Chun beat Alex Blackie, 6-0, 6-3; Eli Jolliffe beat Caleb Braley, 6-0, 6-1; and Nolan Woods lost to Jake Cyr, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

In doubles, Rudi Schnetzer and Ulysse Bex beat Nick Feero and Jacob Harrison, 6-3, 6-1; and Dylan Clark and Adrian Santofimia beat Russell Sossong and Jay Theriault, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Tuesday's prelim playoff match had the feel of a marathon session from the get-go as the second doubles and third singles matches were first up and both went three sets.

Ultimately, Clark and Santofimia were first off the court as they trailed 2-1 in the third set, but, ultimately, rallied to win the final four games — and five of the last six — to give Belfast the early 1-0 match lead.

Holland said he has “kids that like to play tough competition and we play up to competition,” including Clark and Santofimia, whom he said have “improved tremendously throughout the year.”

Woods won his first set against Cyr, though the Coyote prowled back into the match and won the next two sets, which deadlocked the squads at 1-1.

Then Jolliffe, playing as if his car was double-parked and about to be ticketed (if he was old enough to have a license and owned a vehicle), made quick work of Braley in what was by far the shortest match of the afternoon — which put the Lions ahead 2-1.

Schnetzer and Bex prevailed in their first doubles match moments later to make it academic for the hosts, as Chun and Blackie finished their match at first singles.

Interestingly enough, Chun and Jolliffe, who have held down the first and second singles spots at Belfast all season, are freshmen. Chun finished 8-3 during the regular season and Jolliffe 8-4, only losing individual matches to highly-touted squads from Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Morse of Bath and Camden Hills of Rockport.

“They hold their own in an environment of playing mostly juniors and seniors,” said Holland. “That kid that Eli beat [today] was a sophomore, but we don’t usually see that.”

Chun and Jolliffe are year-round players and “play a lot [of tennis] at [the indoor courts at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport],” which should bode well for the next few years on the courts for the Lions.

“They’ve been playing in tournaments forever [and] they know everybody in Midcoast Maine from the number one and two [players] at Morse to the Camden [Hills] kids,” said Holland of Chun and Jolliffe. “They love the game and this is what they do.”

But now, the Lions must turn the page and prepare for the Vikings, who have not lost since last year’s Class B North championship match against Camden Hills.

“They’ve had successful programs for many years,” said Holland. “That’s what they do. Belfast has had histories of sports that have dominated in field hockey and wrestling and swimming and Caribou’s known for tennis. It’s going to be fun to go up there and play them.”