High school boys and girls tennis

Tremendous court seasons end in playoffs for Belfast squads

Lion boys edged in quarterfinals at home, girls blanked far from home in same round
By Ken Waltz | Jun 02, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Belfast's Thaun Pham makes a shot against Ellsworth on May 31 in a high school boys tennis match. The visiting Eagles beat the Lions 3-2 in a Class B North quarterfinal playoff match.

Belfast — The Belfast tennis teams courted remarkable success this season and that fine play continued in the playoffs — albeit, the Lions had only one win in three matches to show for their efforts.

The girls won their home prelim playoff match and then lost in a quarterfinal road playoff encounter. Meanwhile, the boys lost a close quarterfinal playoff match at home as the two Lion racket squads capped their campaigns.

On Thursday, May 31, the No. 8 Lion girls (7-7) hit the road for the long bus ride to Aroostook County and returned to the Midcoast with a 5-0 quarterfinal playoff loss to unbeaten, No. 1 Caribou (13-0)

Meanwhile, the No. 4 Lion boys (9-4) hosted No. 5. Ellsworth (8-5) the same day in another quarterfinal playoff match, and the visiting Eagles flew out of town with a 3-2 victory in a highly-competitive match.

Watch video below from the boys playoff match.

See photos from the boys match below.

Boys tennis

No. 5 Ellsworth 3, No. 4 Belfast 2

The individual results, with Lion players listed first, were: In singles, Eli Jolliffe beat Arthur Jodrey, 8-5; Josh Chun beat Norman Jodrey, 6-1, 6-2; and Kyle Agbuya lost to Andrew McCullough, 2-6, 1-6.

In doubles, Max Lewis and Dyllan Clark lost to Peyton Cole and Ben Osterlin, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6; and Rudi Schnetzer and Thaun Pham lost to Dylan Taplin and Keegan Grey, 3-6, 6-4, 2-6.

The match was decided after third singles so the first singles competitors played only one pro set.

Ellsworth advances to play No. 1 Waterville (13-0) on Saturday, June 2 in the semifinals. The Lions did not play the Eagles during the regular season.

"This was a great season for a very young team," said Belfast coach Scott Benzie. "[We are] losing only one senior Rudi Schnetzer. We pieced a lineup together all season because of injuries. The kids are great people, talented, intelligent, outstanding representatives for our community."

Girls tennis

No. 1 Caribou 5, No. 8 Belfast 0

The individual results, with Lion players listed first, were: In singles, Julia Cerone lost to Gabrielle Marquis, 0-6,0-6; Samantha Hills lost to Ashley Matlock, 0-6, 0-6; and Alexia Sweet lost to Hailey Holmquist, 4-6, 4-6.

In doubles, Kristina Walker and Clarisse Stradtman lost to Madison Stratton and Ciara Richards, 0-6, 3-6; and Olivia LaRouche and Madison Farris lost to Samantha Tourk and Kyra Thibeault, 1-6, 0-6.

"I know this sounds cliche, but the final score does not show how close the match actually was," said veteran Lion coach John Cameron. "Caribou was obviously a great opponent, but our Belfast girls made every game a real challenge. Most games went to deuce before ending. Every Belfast girl played extremely well. The progress that they have been making at every match and every practice all season was on full display in this playoff match. I was very proud to be their coach."

Caribou will host No. 4 Hermon (9-4) on Saturday, June 2 in the semifinals. The Lions did not play Vikings during the regular season.

Ellsworth at Belfast boys tennis
Belfast hosts Ellsworth on May 31 in high school boys tennis. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Dyllan Clark. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Rudy Schnetzer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Rudy Schnetzer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Rudy Schnetzer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Rudy Schnetzer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Max Lewis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Max Lewis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Dyllan Clark. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Rudy Schnetzer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Thaun Pham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kyle Agbuya. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kyle Agbuya. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kyle Agbuya. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Josh Chun. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Josh Chun. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Josh Chun. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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