GSA boys tennis team on top Edges Orono 3-2

sports; GSA; tennis; Orono; fang; serves; 051216; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Seniors Kent Fang serves with John Larson standing ready.

Seniors Kent Fang serves with John Larson standing ready.

Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy boys varsity team clinched a 3-2 win over the Orono Red Riots on May 9 and took the top spot in the Heal Point Standings with the win. Senior Beowulf Urban took his singles match, as did both doubles teams: Kent Fang-John Larson and Aidan Byrne-Leif Lyon-Miller.

The girls fell 1-4 to the Red Riots the same day, with third singles player Lindsay Nevins winning the only match, and the team tumbled to fifth in the rankings.

“[Orono] is a very competitive team,” girls Coach Tim Farrar said of the undefeated Orono team.

sports; GSA; tennis; Orono; morris; flip; 051216; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Senior Hunter Morris slaps a return. Photo by Anne Berleant

Senior Hunter Morris slaps a return. Photo by Anne Berleant

The matches, played at the Blue Hill Country Club and GSA courts, followed losses by both teams to Class B Mount Desert Island last week—the first losses for the Eagle teams.

“We have a lot of first time varsity players as well as people playing key roles for the first time,” boys Coach Mark Ensworth said. “It seems like everyone on the team has been tested at some point this season.”

The boys now stand at 5-1 for the season, while the girls dropped to 4-2.

The field is tough at the top, with Mattanawcook—a team the Eagles won’t face until the tournament—holding the top spot in the Class C girls rankings, and dropping to second, with an 8-0 record, in the boys rankings after the Eagles’ win over Orono, which is now ranked third.

sports; GSA; tennis; Orono; ben; politte; two; 051216; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Senior singles player Ben Politte strikes a return. Photo by Anne Berleant

Senior singles player Ben Politte strikes a return. Photo by Anne Berleant

“I think we’ll be in it,” Farrar said. “I look far ahead.” Far enough that Farrar’s already hoping the team doesn’t have to travel to Fort Kent for a preliminary tournament match.

Both the boys and girls now have six matches left before the tournament. While in recent years the boys consistently win the Eastern regional tournament, they just as consistently fall in the state final.

“You never want to see your players struggle, but it’s also good for them to face some adversity,” Ensworth said. “This team loves to compete, which makes my job easy.”

All six singles players—Matt Stephens, Ben Politte, Beowulf Urban, Lindsay Nevin, Erin Niehoff and Abbey Frost will compete in the state singles tournament in Bangor on May 14.

sports; GSA; tennis; Orono; vivan; cheng; serves; 051216; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Doubles player Vivian Chengs serves. Photo by Anne Berleant

Doubles player Vivian Chengs serves. Photo by Anne Berleant

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