A young DI-S boys tennis team seeks experience
Deer Isle—For the boys tennis team, Matt Duddy returns to be the first singles player with Paul Zoephel, Justin Eaton, and Cody Eaton vying for the second and third singles positions.
The remaining players, Cameron Wendell, Devron Emrick, Brantly Emrick, Marvin Merritt, Gordon Richardson, Brendan Penfold, and Booby Bottiglieri will contest to fill out the doubles teams. With the season so young and so many new players, the doubles teams may change frequently to determine the best combinations. This team has a lot of question marks and how they develop will determine how well we do over the course of the season.
In early season play, the boys lost a doubleheader to Schenck by identical 4-1 scores. In the first game, Matt Duddy lost at first singles 8-0, Justin Eaton lost at second singles 8-3, and we defaulted the third singles. In the doubles, Cody Eaton/Marvin Merritt won 8-5 and we defaulted the second doubles.
In the second game, Matt Duddy lost at first singles 8-1, Justin Eaton lost at second singles 8-2, and we defaulted the third singles. In the doubles, Cody Eaton/Marvin Merritt won 8-5 and we defaulted the second doubles. Without a full roster over the vacation, we had to default two of the matches in each game. This shouldn’t be the case in the future.
DI-S girls tennis: new coach, big experience
Deer Isle—The tennis teams have a new coach in Mark Churchill, who teaches Foreign Language at the high school and has taught in Maine for over 20 years. He has coached many sports in the past at the high school level and also coached boys tennis at Fryeburg Academy for nine years and girls tennis there for two years. He brings a lot of experience to the job to help the players build their skills.
The girls have only eight players at present (we need seven to compete), but many of them have played varsity tennis before. With the season so young, the positions are being determined. As it stands now, Allison Cormier is in first singles, Jordyn Judkins and Justine Rhys are vying for the second and third singles positions.
Allison Eaton and Jess Trainor will return to doubles again as the first doubles team with Sonya Shepard, Veronica Pezaris, and Jadyn Ladeau contesting to fill out the second doubles. The girls have a lot of experience coming back, and how well they have improved will determine how they progress through the season.
The girls opened the season with two wins against Schenck by a 5-0 score. In the first match, Allison Cormier won first singles 8-3, Jordyn Judkins won second singles 8-3, and Justine Rhys won third singles 8-0. In the doubles, Jess Trainor/Allison Eaton won 8-1 and Sonya Shepard/Veronica Pezaris won 8-2.
In the second match, Allison Cormier won the first singles 8-4, Jordyn Judkins won second singles 8-2, and Justine Rhys won the third singles 9-7. In the doubles, Jess Trainor/Allison Eaton won 8-3 and Sonya Shepard/Veronica Pezaris won 9-7.
Pictured above: Standing, from left: Coach Churchill, Justin Eaton, Cameron Wendell, Marvin Merritt, Paul Zoephel, Sonya Shepard, Justine Rhys, Jordyn Judkins Veronica Pezaris, Alison Eaton, Jessica Trainor. Kneeling: Cody Eaton, Matthew Duddy, Allison Cormier, Bobby Bottiglieri, and Gordon Richardson. Not shown: Brantly Emrick, Devin Emrick. Photo courtesy of Deer Isle-Stonington High School