Blue Hill—With rosters thin with team members not yet back from spring vacation, George Stevens played host to Deer Isle-Stonington on April 24 to open both schools’ varsity tennis season.
Although the Eagles won all matches—the Mariner girls forfeited both double matches due to missing players—it was a way for all the teams to ease into competitive play.
“This was a chance to play girls who were more on [our] style and ability,” Eagles girls coach Tim Farrar said, noting an earlier scrimmage against Mount Desert Island.
GSA Senior Lindsay Nevin is set for #1 singles, sophomore Juliana Allen #2 singles, sophomore Lillie Maier #3 singles, and seniors Tatiana Heggestad and Vivian Cheng #1 doubles. The #2 doubles team is yet to be set, Farrar said, in “a fluid situation” of determining the top seven players.
He is confident looking ahead. “I think, like certainly the last few years, we’ll be very competitive [no matter] where we end up. Our team is reasonably young but really deep.”
Mark Ensworth, head coach of the Eagle boys, expressed similar confidence.
“We have a really competitive roster this year which will keep everyone motivated to keep their spots,” he said. “We had a lot of turnover from last year’s team so we have a lot of players that are playing spots for the first time.”
Starting the season as the #1 singles spot is senior Ben Politte, with senior Boris Chen as the #2, and senior Kent Fang as the #3 singles. Freshman Bryant Hsiung and senior Arlo Stabler fill the #1 doubles team, and seniors Christian Jones and Rhett Cheng as the #2 doubles team.
“This team has the chance to do something special this year with the amount of work they put in during the off season,” Ensworth said. “It will be fun to see how it all plays out.”