LEWISTON — They went to the prom together.
Now senior Brendan McCarthy and junior Olivia Leavitt, both of Falmouth, are champions of a sport where love means nothing.
McCarthy and Leavitt each won an MPA singles state title Monday afternoon at Bates College.
In a match lasting nearly three hours, Leavitt rallied past four-time finalist Maisie Silverman of Brunswick 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 after dropping the first two games in each of the final two sets.
The left-handed McCarthy, the second seed who was runner-up to Jordan Friedland of Lincoln Academy a year ago, defeated Mt. Ararat freshman Nick Mathieu 6-1, 6-2 Monday afternoon at Bates College.
Mathieu, the fourth seed, won the first two points of the match against McCarthy’s serve, but the senior reeled off five games in a row to take control of a match that lasted only 41 minutes.
“I tried to stay in control the whole way through, because I knew his forehand could catch fire at any minute,” McCarthy said. “I was mostly trying to keep (the ball) away from his big weapon.”
In a rematch of the 2013 girls singles final, the top-seeded Leavitt forced a third set against No. 2 Silverman, a senior, by winning six straight games after falling behind 2-0 in the second.
“Just believing and trusting myself,” said Leavitt, who won five straight in the third after falling behind 5-1. “I literally told myself before every point: Trust. Believe.”
In morning semifinals, the top-seeded Leavitt breezed past fifth-seeded Waterville senior Colleen O’Donnell 6-0, 6-0 and No. 2 Silverman dispatched No. 3 Bethany Hammond, a freshman at St. Dominic, 6-0, 6-3.
In the boys semifinals, McCarthy defeated No. 3 Isaac Salas, a Waynflete junior, 6-3, 6-2 and Mathieu beat unseeded Cape Elizabeth junior Luke Gilman, 6-2, 6-1.
Gilman advanced to Monday’s semifinals by winning two matches on Saturday after getting past a second-round match Friday against No. 1 Justin Brogan, a Falmouth senior who could not continue after re-injuring his ankle while leading Gilman 4-2 in the first set.
Last spring, Leavitt defeated Silverman 6-1, 6-1 indoors at the Racket and Fitness Center in Portland.
McCarthy and Mathieu had never faced each other in a high school match.